of God

Near the end of the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson, which I heartily recommend, Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz debate the nature of God. During this debate Sir Isaac utters the following gem, which is here taken out of its context as part of a rationalization for seeking out the power that God uses to influence his creation.

"For the relationship that our souls bear to our bodies, is akin to the relationship that God bears to the entire Universe."

This sentence resonates with my own personal view of God and ties it to every sentient being's own set of morals and values much neater then I ever could.

Just as each of our souls or values or beliefs are guided and shaped by experiences taken in through our body's senses and filtered by our physical brain, so too is God shaped by the universe's senses.

Just as different experiences filtered through different bodies result in different souls, so too do different people in different places and different times result in different Gods.