People imagine their god(s) intervening in the world to different degrees. The diagram above illustrates these different “tinkerologies”. Below is a chart gives examples of believers for each type:
Theist can add some sophistication to these simple tinkerological positions. Some, for instance, say God acted once but it is the same as constantly since he planned all the results of his one act. Some will say that there is never any difference between the supernatural and the natural so God is not really intervening at all since he does not break his own laws. I never understood that model.
Questions for Readers:
- What corrections or additions would you make to my diagram or chart?
- How do you imagine any of these views is potentially harmful to a believer?
- If you are a theist, where does your green arrow point?