Posted: Oct 15, 2014 10:40 am
by Kafei
What you're talking about is ignosticism, Will S. Ignosticism aims to define God before any discussion or debate takes place. Shuggy pointed out that this conception of the divine is divorced from the anthropomorphized God as entity. A lot of atheists couch their atheism against the notion of God as entity, the western religious conception of God that George Carlin made fun of. The so-called "invisible man in the sky" that watches everything you do, and punishes you after you die. That's not what "The Ground of All Being" is referring to.

It is a phrase primarily used by mystics to describe the "religious experience." However, to understand this conceptually, you'll have to remove this idea you have about God as an entity. In Buddhism, this experience is referred to as sunyata. This word literally means voidness, but it doesn't mean voidness in the sense of nothing, of just negative. It means voidness in the sense of "ultimate consciousness." You see, if you would consider what sort of impression would God have of himself? In the eastern view, God obviously wouldn't look at his hands, like we do, and see he's an old man with a beard sitting on a throne. It's instead God as the kind of ultimate, ultimate, then which there is no whicher, outside which there is nothing, which has no edges. He wouldn't therefore look like a ball, he wouldn't like a cube, he wouldn't look like a body, there would be no way at all of conceiving the final self of all Selves. So, that's why it's represented as voidness, as total transparency, as a kind of ultimate space in which everything can happen. This is the "ground of all being," and this is not the imagined anthropomorphized conception of God as entity, but rather a concept transduced from this religious experience where this colossal phenomenon is intuited within the experience itself.