Comment from Prof Richard Cocks:

This passage from ACIM: " Like the Christian God, the Course’s God does create. But He only creates spiritual beings who are like Himself and one with Him. He did not create the physical world. In a characteristically bold passage, the Course reviews the painful and unloving attributes of this world and says, 'You but accuse Him of insanity, to think He made a world where such things seem to have reality. He is not mad. Yet only madness makes a world like this.'"

This is pure Gnosticism and is to be avoided like the plague.

Also on the page about ACIM, there was a reference to Thomas Nagel. Someone who has written sympathetically about the non-mechanistic nature of consciousness who I was sorry to discover is an atheist and naturalist. (I don't get that one).

He writes:
I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.

I want the opposite and in almost identical terms. What I don't understand is why he doesn't want the universe to be like that and why he wants to be a mechanical robot with no morality, free will, love, or anything else that requires God in order to exist.

http://subversivethinking.blogspot.com/2009/07/thomas-nagel-cosmic-authority-problem.html