Rejecting God as the Bearded Guy in the Sky

by Travis Dickinson

The bearded guy in the sky

Sometimes people change their minds and come, for a variety of reasons, to reject belief in God. What has always been very surprising to me is how often the God they are rejecting is not the God I believe in either.

For example, suppose someone says:

“I just got to the point where I could no longer believe in the bearded guy in the sky.”

Okay, but the only problem is neither do I. And neither does any thoughtful Christian I know.

Now I realize that the “bearded guy in the sky” moniker may just be shorthand or a kind of tongue-in-cheek way to refer to a more robust conception of God. However, the point is this conception, or anything that it may refer to, is radically different from the biblical conception of God. The biblical conception of God is one where…
 

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