Friday, July 23, 2010

Does God have a brain?

No, I am not trying to be funny. This is a serious question for all those who believe in God. If God is able to think, surely, then he must have a brain, does he not? At least, he must have frontal lobe.

Doesn't God think? Isn't God the judge of good and evil, and the arbitrator of morality?

According to Wikipedia, "The executive functions of the frontal lobes involve the ability to recognize future consequences resulting from current actions, to choose between good and bad actions (or better and best), override and suppress unacceptable social responses, and determine similarities and differences between things or events. Therefore, it is involved in higher mental functions."

Therefore, God, if he does exist, must have a brain. If he has a brain, then he needs lungs to draw in oxygen from the air, and a heart to pump the oxygenated blood to his brain. Of course, this means that he must have a skeleton as a basic structure, a digestive system to provide nutrients for the various organs, teeth to chew the food, and possibly skin to cover up the entire body.

In other words, if God is able to think and breathe air, then he must have physical body. If he has a physical body, then he cannot be omnipotent. If he is not omnipotent, how could he have created the Universe? If he is a product of creation, how could he have created himself?


  1. Are you familiar with the doctrine of the incarnation?

  2. Hi Ross,

    Yes, I am familiar with the doctrine of incarnation which teaches that God made himself man through Jesus.

    But the point I am trying to make is that in order to be capable of sentient thought - which he clearly was throughout the New Testament - he would have had to have a physical body from the beginning of creation and prior to that, which is a paradox.

    Isn't a brain, and incidentally, a physical body, necessary for sentient thought?

    How can thoughts emerge from nothingness? They have to come from a material brain, don't they?