The Eye of God

Aeternus Costin

Publisher: Aeternus Costin Publications LLC Pages: 117 Price: (paperback) $15.00 ISBN: 9798989136001 Reviewed: April, 2024 Author Website: Visit »

Aeternus Costin’s The Eye of God provides a thoughtful attempt at reconciling a conception of God with scientific orthodoxy.

Costin is an autodidact, not a classically trained philosopher; nonetheless, he’s well-read and his arguments are considered, though still vulnerable to critique. Costin posits that gravity is God. His definition of gravity matches the scientific orthodoxy, but to make his theory work he must limit the conception of God to something more like a force of nature than an omnipotent being.

He, thus, uses the word “entity” to describe gravity, arguing that gravity is a transcendent force, a first cause, and eternal by nature—yet nothing in these properties require it to be any sort of being. Substituting “entity” for “being” implies more than the author has proven, and theists would likely take issue with a God that amounts to no more than a property of the universe. To his credit, Costin anticipates this criticism, but his response is more side-step than rejoinder.

Costin also refutes atheism, but his arguments only address “hard atheism” (those who believe they can know that there is no God), as opposed to soft atheists (a.k.a. non-believing agnostics), who hold that while they cannot know whether God exists, they find it most reasonable to believe He does not. While Costin does an admirable job refuting the first view, it would still leave “soft atheism” (which includes most self-identified atheists) intact.

There are other minor quibbles (Nietzsche scholars might disagree with his interpretation of “God is dead”), but Costin shines in his scholarly exploration of religion’s origins, particularly Christianity. His personal odyssey led to an abandonment of faith, and his examination of that experience is particularly interesting.

Costin’s work has room for growth, but his understanding of the topic is impressively sophisticated. There’s much to like and much to take issue with, leaving The Eye of God a thoughtful, if flawed, contribution to the scholarly conversation.

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