On 11/24/2013 1:44 PM, LizR wrote:
If it was just the Christian God then believers in Odin and the Ancient Romans and Egyptians and so on would all be "atheists" which seems a bit silly!

Interestingly, the Romans called early Christians "atheists" because they didn't believe in the Roman pantheon.

But I think there is a real distinction between deists, who believe in a God who just creates the universe and then takes not further part in it, and theists who believe in a God who insists on being worshiped and answers prayers and performs miracles.

"All those canes, braces and crutches, and not a single glass eye, wooden leg, or 
   ---  Anatole France, on seeing the objects cast off by visitors to Lourdes.

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