Dystheism is the idea that there is a single omnipotent God
alright, but He don't work quite right. It is the belief that God is dysfunctional
-- and if we are God's children
, we're children
in a dysfunctional family
does not require that any Creator-God must be good, or even sane, and much that goes on in the Universe
could be very well explained by a wacky and amoral higher power
, tossing out whim
s with no concerns about the consequence
s (and, naturally, for that being the consequences would be none).
One of the earliest reason-based concepts of God, the Emanation
ism of the ancient Greeks, fit into dystheism in its essential character. It envisioned a God of such power that the Universe emanates from it with no effort or desire; we exist not because God chooses to create, but because Creation oozes from God both thoughtlessly and effortlessly.
Dystheism is easily confused with misotheism
, hatred of God even against a God that is good. But the dystheist can still (somewhat oddly) love God; and the theist who mistakenly believed a dystheistic God to be good can love God in ignorance of His true wackiness. It may also be confused with the tendency of polytheism
-based faiths to have a bad God or two in their decks -- although, attention reveals that the dystheistic God is not evil, for that would be an example of maltheism
. The Dystheistic God simply doesn't care, or lacks either good or evil.