"Our fathers were our models for God…"

“[…] what does that tell you about God?”

Well, it doesn’t tell me much about God, but I love that quote (bonus points to anyone who knows that it came from Fight Club). What it does make me think about is our idols of God, about which it might say a great deal. I’ve been thinking about this because the Derrida post I made a couple of days ago and the ensuing comments. To what extent do we try to make God either a replacement for, or an extension of, our human fathers? In what ways does this help or hinder us?

Perhaps this all sounds like clever psychology, but I bring this up because I have a feeling that, if many of us are brutally honest, this is something that we might see in our own understandings of God. Or not. What do you think?