A Christian Argument for the Immaterialism of Reality

As a Christian immaterialist–a person who holds that matter literally does not exist–I hold a position which is not actually mainstream among other Christians, and yet an interesting argument for immaterialism, at least in a purely Christian context, is that Romans 1 tells us that the universe and reality itself reflects the nature and attributes of God, and yet God is an immaterial ‘mind’ with ideas, and so by necessary reasoning, it seems that this is at least a scriptural argument for the claim that the universe itself should be nothing but an idea in the mind of God, for only in this way could the universe truly and fully reflect God’s immaterial attributes and nature; and while this argument is surely not conclusive, it is compelling enough–at least in my view–that it gives the Christian immaterialist plausible scriptural ammunition to support his own position, and it means that the non-Christian-immaterialist cannot simply discount this view as unscriptural from the outset.


8 thoughts on “A Christian Argument for the Immaterialism of Reality

  1. This can be a very tricky idea, for as a Christian I do believe in a God that is imminent in Creation, I also believe in a God who is a separate entity from creation, for he is above and beyond it, furthermore, he is also whom sustains it and preserves it. However, I reject the idea that reality is simply an idea in God’s immaterial mind. The fact that God is a spirit does not make his creation a spirit or immaterial. To claim that is almost claiming that Christ was not of flesh and bones, nor fully human. This view sounds very panentheistic and similar to idealistic, eastern philosophies and religions.


  2. I also believe that your scripture reference is not well explained nor researched, thus it makes your argument sound very vague and hard to articulate. I did a bit of a Google search and saw that Catholicism and the Eastern Orthodox Church hold a similar view to yours. I also had a Calvinistic professor who explained reality in a very similar way as yours. However, I still don’t hold that all of reality is immaterial. At least, “immaterial” in its literal meaning, if by it do you mean that all is a mere illusion, or spiritual?


    • Mario,

      I don’t have much time for a detailed explanation on this at this present moment, but I think you are mistaken about Catholicism or Eastern Orthodox holding to an immaterialist point of view..in fact, they hold the opposite.


  3. I think this falls back to the question, does God indwell hell and unbelievers? For if he is present there and everywhere, do their filthiness also become part of him? What about the hiddenness of God? Such as his departure from the temple in the Old Testament?


  4. This idea also opens doors to asceticism for it seems like it denies the reality of bodily pain and suffering. If I’m correct, I think eastern religions go so far as to deny the reality of evil because of such idealism.


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