Paul Chiariello writes at Applied Sentience:
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I want to start with a disclaimer and a qualification.
First, this post isn’t about bashing God. This post is about understanding humanity. It’s about finding joy as flourishing individuals and friends. It’s about exploring meaning and morality in a difficult world. In this way, this post isn’t about God at all – it’s about you and me. With this goal in mind, I’m hoping to explore someone I see as a literary figure, just like Aesop’s Tortoise and Hare, Heinlein’s Valentine Michel Smith, or anyone else from the infinite list of fictional characters out there. Regardless of whether you love Him or hate Him, whether you’re a theist or an atheist like me, God is probably one of the most interesting and novel characters of all time, and certainly the one with the biggest fandoms and fanfics ever.
Second, as to my qualification, there are a wide range of nihilisms. Someone might be called a nihilist for their skepticism of external reality or for their refutation of any legitimate political institutions or for their dismissal of certain religious beliefs. Here I’ll be referring specifically to moral nihilism, or at least certain kinds of moral nihilisms. And just so I’m being clear and up front, I’m specifically arguing that God doesn’t believe in objective or non-arbitray ethics or values, or, at very least, simply lives in a world where He knows about these things but yet cannot take part in them.