Whether one’s god is a higher power…

At the practical level it makes an enormous difference whether one’s god is a “studied ambiguity” such as an undefined “higher power,” or is a deity with a name, a historical relationship, and moral imperatives. It is one thing to affirm the existence of an “unknown” god who makes no ultimate demands upon one’s life. It is quite another matter to affirm the existence of a God who makes an absolute claim on life, who holds people accountable for every deed and thought, and who threatens a person with everlasting torment if he refuses to obey Him.

R. C. Sproul, from If There’s a God, Why Are There Atheists?, p. 21

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