[LMB] OT: Religion and one-up-manship, 7/17

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 20 02:59:16 BST 2021


"Nine Billion Names of God" was a short story written be Aurther C. Clark.
It was about these two protagonists who  set up a super computer in a
monastery to search for the name of God. Only problem, once they find the
name of God the universe ends. As the computer specialists leave the
monastery they see the stars winking out.

On Mon, Jul 19, 2021, 8:52 PM Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:

> Kind of like the sacred, hidden name of Rome.  It was very secret and very
> holy, and misusing it would get one into SEVERE trouble with the
> authorities.
>
> On Mon, Jul 19, 2021 at 7:29 PM Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Nope, 'Adonai' roughly translates to 'Lord'; 'Elohim' is 'god'.
> > Technically plural, 'Elohim' is interpreted by Jewish theologians to be
> in
> > the same mode that monarchs used to use the plural pronoun, a la Queen
> > Victoria's "We are not amused"; Christian theologians tend to suggest
> it's
> > a reference to Triunity, which Jews consider heretical.
> >
> > The four-letter name of God references the answer given to Abraham; it's
> > derived, I am told, from a verb meaning "to be".  I don't know what name
> > was used at the once-a-year ceremony at the Temple when the high priest
> > would invoke "the name" - some people think that name was actually lost,
> as
> > it was considered too sacred to transmit other than orally.
> >
> > So it's not the explanation for why some alter the spelling of 'god'.
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