Just to be clear, I italicize and capitalize not because God is important to me — its gender even less so. I do it because when referring to God (as in the supposedly “one true god” of the monotheistic variety), any personal pronoun attached should also be capitalized. Whether we like it or not, this is the prevailing view of “God” in our culture. Likewise, I italicize to draw attention to the pronoun used by the Abrahamic faiths to describe Him in the hopes of making clear this gender distinction is NOT mine. I personally tend to doubt there is anything like a personal god, let alone a male or female one. Even if there is one (or more), its existence would subtract from our discussions of either science or philosophy for the reasons I briefly outlined. As a a rule deities, or even just vague references to transcendence and spirituality, add more confusion and questions than they do answers. I think your paragraph detracts from your larger thesis by raising the issue of our perception of god. I was left to guess to which god/tradition you were referring and found it a rather curious aside. That said, I enjoy following you on Medium.

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