There is an ongoing PBS TV series called "Closer to Truth". It is hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He's featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today's cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics - Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. Here are a few more of my comments on topics that cover the concept of an Almighty God.

How does God Relate to the World?

Let me address that part that asks "does God ever make special interventions into the world, otherwise known as 'miracles'?" IMHO, miracles are God's correction fluid or white-out or liquid paper. It's often said that prevention is better than cure, so if God, our all-knowing, all-powerful, God, abided by that philosophy, then He would act to prevent something rather than allowing that something to happen then having to cure it at a later date via a miracle. For example, a common miracle is often considered to having survived an 'Act of God'. If God hadn't of initiated that 'Act of God' in the first place there would have been no need for the miracle. Might it not have been better for God to have prevented that car crash rather than have the victim survive via a miracle? Then there are all those miraculous medical miracles. Rather than God curing someone's inoperable cancer, wouldn't it have been better for God to have prevented the emergence of the cancer in the first place? Speaking of medical miracles, is't it amazing that some miracles never seem to come to pass, like how about all of those thalidomide babies never having their stumps regenerate into fully functional limbs - ditto for amputees. By the way, unless I'm mistaken, no supernatural miracle has ever been documented, written up and published as a peer-reviewed article in a scientific journal. Probability theory notes that the improbable (although not the impossible) can happen. When something that can happen, but happen only extremely rarely, actually happens, the very improbability of it lends itself to those most intimately concerned to loosely throw around the word "miracle". If real supernatural miracles happen, it's not a mark for God's compassion and rationality but His irrationality.

Does God Intervene in Human Affairs?

There have been no reliable reports of God strutting His stuff here on Earth since those Old Testament reports, and I'm not very sure how reliable they are. Since God hasn't apparently shown His face here in over 2000 years, one needs to ask what is God so afraid of that He's not willing or able to pop into existence in the skies over Manhattan, for example, and chuck around a thunderbolt or two just to let us know He's still around, willing and able to kick some irreligious butt. Okay, I know some extreme religious fundamentalists like to point out that every tornado, every hurricane, every earthquake, volcanic eruption, tsunami, every thunderstorm and lightning strike is God intervening in human affairs and showing His wrath and extreme displeasure with His creation. Problem One: why hide behind Mother Nature's skirts? Why not just zap the first born like He did in Ancient Egypt? Problem Two: If there were something unnatural about these Acts of God then they would have a lot more credibility. I mean God, being God and all, could cause a hurricane to form over Midwestern Canada. God could cause a wave of tornadoes in Alaska in January. God could send down a blizzard to engulf Miami in August. God could cause a massive earthquake where no earthquake has ever been reported before, or God could cause a volcano to erupt in down-town Boston. No, Acts of God seem to follow the natural meteorological and geological parameters set down by Mother Nature, year in, and year out. God is not original. God does not think and act outside of the box. It's also amusing to note how those spared victims of Acts of God thank God for sparing them from the disaster He sent in the first place. You'd think that instead of giving thanks, the victims who were spared would give God the Big Finger for having sent an Act of God their way and ruining their day.

Then there is the power of positive prayer. Every Easter and every Christmas the Pope and other world religious leaders publicly pray to God to give us world peace, and of course every year nothing of the sort happens. Now I ask, if the Pope can't achieve positive results and get God to intervene in human affairs and send us peace on earth with a universal good will towards men (and women), what hope is there for the rest of the great unwashed?

In conclusion, perhaps God doesn't intervene in human affairs because God has left the building. He's picked up His bat and ball and gone home to diner. He's 100% fed up and just has concluded we're a basket case and He can put His time and energy to better use. Or, perhaps God doesn't intervene in human affairs because God doesn't in fact exist.

Is God Outside of Time?

IMHO, the phrase "existing outside of time" is meaningless waffle. Time is the concept or the way we come to terms with change. If nothing ever changed it would be meaningless to talk about time. No time means no change, no change means no time, so existing outside of time means you exist in a changeless void of nothingness. If you have a something, you have change, even if only at the quantum level. If you have nothingness, you have no change. But if you exist inside of nothingness, then you also are a nothingness. You can not change. You are not composed of matter and energy. If you have no matter and energy to throw around, you can't do squat. God apparently can do squat so God must be composed of matter and energy which means God changes (even if at the quantum level) which translates into God existing inside of time.

Is God Temporal or Timeless?

If God exists, and that's one heck of a big if, then God must of necessity exist in time, or exist in a realm of change which after all is what time is or time measures. God certainly participates in and often initiates change in Biblical texts. It's very hard to argue that if God struts His stuff in Biblical texts and interacts with various mortals that God isn't inside and part of what we call time. God does this, then God does that, then God does the next thing, all in sequence; all in a row, like those six 'days' of creation. Time is God's way of preventing everything happening or changing at once, including happenings that God plays a direct role in. The concept of timeless is meaningless. It's a waffle-word that has no meaning. There can be no change in a timeless 'void', a 'void' of time. No change amounts to no time or a state of timelessness. No change means there is no matter or energy present. That means a timeless God is composed of absolute nothingness. A timeless God can not initiate change, or create something, since change or creation means that God has to do something and that something must involve matter and energy; God must be composed of matter and energy. Matter and energy exists in a constant swirl of change (quantum physics anyone?) and the only exception to that would be if matter and energy were frozen at a temperature of absolute zero, which is a theoretical impossibility since it would violate the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

Can Science Deal with God?

It would appear that science has dealt with both the concept of God as well as the data about God as provided for in religious texts rather well. The question is, can God deal with science? It would appear that God, or the need for God has retreated before the advancement of science and scientific scrutiny about God's bona-fides. Perhaps it is time for God to fight back and show His face and go one-on-one with the scientific community instead of letting mortal others, His true believers, fight His battles for Him. What is God afraid of? Of course perhaps God can't fight back, any more than Superman can zap me with his infra-red vision. It's takes actual existence to pick a fight with actual existence. Perhaps the true nature of God is exhibited by His ever ongoing great silence.

What Can Science Say about God?

There's probably little point in science addressing any and all of the various theoretical abstractions of what supernatural deities, including a god, is on about. However, the Bible provides actual non-theoretical, non-abstract, data about one specific supernatural deity, God. God is described thus; God does this and that; God is a thing; God operates in time and in space; God is responsible for lots of creations and events which fall into the arena of science. At the very least God can be identified with the realm of logic, cosmology, physics, biology, geology and meteorology. So, in that sense, God is fair game for scientific scrutiny. Based on all of that, what science has to say about the acim  , the logical, and the physical God who struted His stuff here on Earth in time and in space isn't very flattering.

Does Consciousness Lead to God?

It is difficult to decide that issue about consciousness alone or awareness in isolation leading to belief or non-belief in a supernatural deity because humans are subjected to all sorts of other influences on the subject like books and parents and teachers and how the general culture you are immersed in has slanted the issue. America is a religious country and has in general a low tolerance for atheists; Muslim dominated countries even more so, while Europeans tend to be way more tolerant. So, to decide the issue, one needs to take another closely related species that has consciousness and observe if that species exhibits any sorts of behaviour that would be suggestive that they have belief in a god and a spirit world on their mind. That sort of observation might be relevant regardless whether or not God is responsible for consciousness since clearly even if He is, that relationship hasn't translated or eventuated or taken hold as a universal belief in that God in all and sundry. I certainly haven't observed any sort of behaviour in my many cats over the years that would be suggestive that they have the concept of a deity or a spirit world or an afterlife on the brain, and I would argue that they on the other hand do exhibit consciousness. Perhaps some behavioural scientists who work with primates either in the laboratory and/or in the wild might be able to shed some light on this.

Did God Create From Nothing?

The very idea that you can generate something out of nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing so not even quantum fluctuations are present and accounted for in absolutely nothing, is absurd. And that concept is absurd regardless whether or not the generating is done by Mother Nature in a Big Bang event, or by a supernatural deity "in the beginning". There is no such thing as a free lunch. No one, not even God IMHO can violate the conservation laws. In fact for God to do so would be illogical since presumably God created those very conservation laws in the first place. Creation involves creating a something from a previous something. That's my bottom line.