What's God like? Are you an honest person? And what makes for great art? Such questions are the stuff of games at the interactive section of www.philosophersnet.com. The online companion to U.K.-based The Philosophers' Magazine contains a few brain-busters that test visitors' beliefs in a higher power and moral compasses (or the lack thereof).
Have no fear if you passed on the Kant and Kierkegaard electives in college. Webmaster Jeremy Stangroom, PhD, and magazine editor Julian Baggini, PhD, created many of these activities for Joe Sixpack and not just Jung wannabes.
The "Do-It-Yourself Deity" game provides new perspectives on the omnipresent question, "What is God?" Visitors choose one or more descriptions that best suit their understanding of a higher power. Choices range from Omnipotent ("all-powerful, able to do anything") to Omnibenevolent ("all-loving") to a Personal God ("a being with whom one can have a personal relationship").
Once players select the deity's characteristics, the game determines the probability of its existence. For example, selecting an "Omnipotent" God rates pretty high on the plausibility scale. But the game's designers throw in a monkey wrench. Is the theory of an omnipotent God contradictory when it comes to doing the illogical? They ask how even an omnipotent God can make 2 plus 2 equal 5.