God, what a great idea!

If there is no God, then God is incalculably the greatest single creation of the human imagination. No other creation of the imagination has been so fertile of ideas, so great an inspiration to philosophy, to literature, to painting, sculpture, architecture, and drama. Set beside the idea of God, the most original inventions of mathematicians and the most unforgettable characters in drama are minor products of the imagination: Hamlet and the square root of minus one pale into insignificance by comparison.

–Anthony Kenny, quoted by Daniel Kolak in “Philosophy, the Bible, and God: a Debate” in The Experience of Philosophy (2006), p. 308.

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