Church God

Church God (a.k.a. Father God) refers to the patriarchal personification of God offered to the masses by priests of Western ecclesiastical institutions.[1] Church God is a sexist and racist archetype used to both a) control the thinking and behavior of the masses, and b) justify wealth and privilege, in particular in the archetypal variation Alpha God.

Related Terms

Church God > Old Energy Archetype

Notes

Church God, specifically the patriarchal and violent God of Western Monotheisms, supports imperialist doctrine and imperialist societies. Mary Daly, for example, points out how a patriarchal God is used was used to justify and deify Richard Nixon and American Imperialist. "...God is an American and Nixon is "his" annointed one..." [2]

"The widespread conception of the "Supreme Being" as an entity distinct from this world but controlling it according to plan and keeping human beings in a state of infantile subjection has been a not too subtle mask of the divine patriarch. " [3]

Daly also notes how patriarchal conceptions of God are used to suppress women. "I have already indicated that it would be unrealistic to dismiss the fact that the symbolic and linguistic instruments for communication-which include essentially the whole theological tradition in world religions-have been formulated by males under the conditions of patriarchy. It is therefore inherent in these symbolic and linguistic structures that they serve the purposes of patriarchal social arrangements." [4]

Further Reading

Sosteric, Mike. 2017. “The Trouble with Atheists.” Socjourn. https://www.academia.edu/36823156/the_trouble_with_some_atheists.docx

Video: What Did Einstein Say About Religion? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9Kg8WEVkgA


Footnotes

  1. Sosteric, Mike. 2017. “The Trouble with Atheists.” Socjourn. https://www.academia.edu/36823156/the_trouble_with_some_atheists.docx
  2. Daly, Mary. Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation. Boston: Beacon Press, 1973. p. 16.
  3. Daly, Mary. Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation. Boston: Beacon Press, 1973. p. 18.
  4. Daly, Mary. Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation. Boston: Beacon Press, 1973. p. 22.