Why? If I give you the opportunity to write a software programme, providing almost everything you need for that, am *I* the creator of that software programme?<quoted text>
If God is preceded by something else as it's cause, then how could God ever be called God, instead of whatever precedes it being the actual God and/or creator of all things? Think about it. Shouldn't the cause of God then be considered as the creator or origin of all things?
This is a claim without any substantiation. Why does it have to be outside? I know the answer: because otherwise your concept of god does not work. You realise that without that claim you would completely have to abandon logic. And thus you make the tiny illogical step to allow most of your world to remain as it is.<quoted text>
And what created that? So it's an infinite backwards chain. So if anything can be titled God or creator of all things, it cannot be within the creation itself, it has to be outside.
I'm not entirely unknown to the field of philosophy, being a PhD myself...in fact, I'll just repeat the conclusion I and other philosophers came to: if god must by definition be outside creation, god cannot be part of creation, meaning god cannot interact with creation.<quoted text>
This isn't anything hokey or illogical, this is straight forward logic and philosophy. I had to ponder these things when I took classes in philosophy when I was in college. There are many brilliant minds that have postulated and pondered things like this, so this really has nothing to do with the organized religions that you reject, this is philosophy. And as useless as people consider philosophy to be these days, philosophers were actually the original, true geniuses and the inventors of math itself. They were the heavy duty thinkers.