I had my usual Tuesday lunch date with my friend Mary today, and we got to talking (as we often do) about consciousness and God. Somewhere in the conversation came up the topic of Plato's view of the perfection of geometric shapes.
Such perfection is never found in nature – there is no such thing as a flawlessly proportioned circle, square or triangle. Such objects belong strictly to the world of mathematics, which in itself deals with objects and properties that are not real, yet can be treated by the mind as if they are.
Mary believes that pure mathematical form belongs to the realm of God. I share her assumption that they are not of the natural world, yet believe they are instead a window into a realm of universal consciousness, elements of which inform every self-aware being.
Either way, it is astonishing to me that we are able to conceive of, model, manipulate and even apply to the physical world, properties that belong purely to thought. For me, that we can do this at all, is evidence that there is more to us than our material, earthly, properties.
In my opinion, a being such as God is strictly unnecessary for this fundamentally spiritual view. It does imply that there is something greater than us out there, and that anyone who is capable of reason is able to access this property.
If this enough (and I believe it is), why create God?