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Single Idea 7830

[catalogued under 28. God / C. Attitudes to God / 4. God Reflects Humanity]

Full Idea

If a triangle could speak it would say that God is eminently triangular.

Gist of Idea

A talking triangle would say God is triangular


Baruch de Spinoza (Letters to Blijenburgh [1665], 1665), quoted by Matthew Stewart - The Courtier and the Heretic Ch.10

Book Reference

Stewart,Matthew: 'The Courtier and the Heretic' [Yale 2007], p.162

A Reaction

Spinoza had a rather appealing waspish wit. This nicely dramatises an ancient idea (Idea 407). You can, of course, if you believe in God, infer some of His characteristics from His creation. But then see Hume: Ideas 1439, 6960, 6967, 1440.

Related Ideas

Idea 407 Mortals believe gods are born, and have voices and clothes just like mortals [Xenophanes]

Idea 1439 A design argument implies that the cause is like its effect, so God must contain the defects of the world [Hume, by PG]

Idea 6960 Analogy suggests that God has a very great human mind [Hume]

Idea 6967 Order may come from an irrational source as well as a rational one [Hume]

Idea 1440 Judging by the design, God is finite, imperfect, may not be the designer, and may be a team of gods [Hume, by PG]