Stephen Fry on the character of gods

This man is such a wonderful speaker.

Harvard Humanists Stephen Fry 2 22 2011 Chapter 5

“The Greeks instinctively understood that, if there were gods, if there were supreme beings, it follows as the night the day that they are capricious, willful, mean, childish, and inconsistent. That is true whether it’s a slew of gods on Olympus or it’s one monolithic god in a notional numinous nowhere such as monotheists believe.

“There is no possible way that anybody could examine this universe and say that, if there is a god, he’s entirely good and charming. We only have to say, “bone cancer in children” to ask who the hell this god thinks he is and what he thinks he’s doing.

“There’s a whole branch of futile theology devoted to justifying the ways of god to man. It’s known as theodicy and to read it is to read a comic strip. You can’t justify some of the horrors that happen but you can if you if you imagine that, were there a god, he is, as I say, capricious, mean, malicious, and appalling.”

– Stephen Fry, in his acceptance speech on receiving the 2011 lifetime achievement award from the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University.

I think that pretty much covers it.

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