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The twisting mind. March 16, 2011

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“Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned” – Anonymous

Many claim that faith is a virtue. Many also claim that having faith is difficult to attain. If these statements were in fact true, why is it something that one month old can learn and why is it so difficult for man to live with such uncertainty? From a very early age, children learn to have faith in many things. Most children quickly learn to have faith in their parents, their enviornment, and their own body. It is through faith that children are able to comfort themselves in times of stress and need. Faith is so engrained into us that it becomes our default position. Faith is not in any way a skill. It is not considered a skill when we are good about trusting the sun to come up. It is however considered a skill when someone is able to figure out how and why the sun comes up.

Those of us that cannot seem to live without 100% faith, resort to religion when questions become too complex. If faith is easy, then religion is too. Religion is nothing more than the easy way out of complex questions. Religion is what happens when man desires answers, figures out that the some questions may be unanswerable, and decides to just give up on the quest for truth.

To not have faith and to be okay with not knowing is a skill far beyond that of faith. We are not, at any point in our infancy, taught to just be okay with things. For theists to propose that God must exist simply because they believe that nothing could ever come from nothing is the most extreme form of faith, for the theist also believes that there God came from nothing.

I have no idea about how we got here and I am certain that neither do theists. The biggest difference is that they cannot accept uncertainty. They would believe some of the most absurd things just to escape the uneasy feeling of the unknown. They would claim the existence of an always present invisible being before looking to the sky and proclaiming that maybe reality has always just been or at the very least proclaiming that maybe we will just never know. The thing that theists can never seem to get is that, just because atheists don’t have all the answers, they don’t get to fill in all of our gaps in knowledge with unfounded absurdities.

“To really be free, You need to be free in the mind” – Alexander Loutsis

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1. asl4090 - March 16, 2011

Nice post. I read a blog similar to this earlier today, but with a completely different viewpoint. The blogger mentioned that we trust our parents when we are young. As we get older, we make one of two choices: we are alone, which leads us to be selfish; or we are from god, which leads us to be selfless. Got my blood boiling a bit.

The question of origin is always going to be an uphill battle. Christians claim victory by saying god did it. This, of course, is nothing but accommodation. As Mark Isaak said, “by accommodating everything, you can explain nothing. It’s the equivalent of saying, ‘it was magic.”

great writing. Think about contributing to http://atheistconnect.org

2. Brett - June 14, 2012

Religion (Christianity), the belief that there was something that originated forever out of nothing, then magically created the universe out of it’s nothingness in six days. Then dirt mutated into man and woman. Makes perfect sense, right?


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