Tag: Religion & Spirituality

Evidence and Indoctrination

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta: “The vast majority of personal religious beliefs can be accurately predicted based solely on the beliefs of one’s parents or the culture one is raised in…Religionists should ask themselves, ‘Are my religious beliefs based on rationality and evidence or indoctrination?”‘    – John Bice Related articles Disambiguating Faith: How Religious Beliefs Become

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Matt Berry: Faith as Fatigue

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta: “Faith is the fatigue resulting from the attempt to preserve God’s integrity instead of one’s own.”     –Matt Berry

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God’s Omniscience: Religion’s Ultimate Cop-Out

“It doesn’t matter what the particular problem is for a person’s faith. Having an omniscient God concept solves it. It could be the intractable and unanswerable problem of ubiquitous suffering; or how a man could be 100% God and 100% man without anything leftover, or left out; or how the death of a man on a cross saves us from sins; or why God’s failure to better communicate led to massive bloodshed between Christians themselves. It just doesn’t matter. God is omniscient. He knows why. He knows best. Therefore punting to God’s omniscience makes faith pretty much unfalsifiable, which allows believers to disregard what reason tells them by ignoring the probabilities.” (link)

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Peter A. Angeles on Creation Ex Nihilo

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta:

“What was God doing…for an eternity…before He created the universe ex nihilo? God existed by Himself through an eternity…without needing a universe. Why did He suddenly desire to create the universe?”

Peter A. Angeles, American philosophy professor

 

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The Onion: “Skeptic Pitied”

FAYETTEVILLE, AR—Craig Schaffner, 46, a Fayetteville-area computer consultant, has earned the pity of friends and acquaintances for his tragic reluctance to embrace the unverifiable, sources reported Monday. (link)

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Bishop John Shelby Spong on the Resurrection

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If the resurrection of Jesus cannot be believed except by assenting to the fantastic descriptions included in the Gospels, then Christianity is doomed. For that view of resurrection is not believable, and if that is all there is, then Christianity, which depends upon the truth and authenticity of Jesus’ resurrection, also is not believable.

-Bishop John Shelby Spong, Resurrection: Myth or Reality?

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Divine Hiddenness

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Professor Matt McCormick writes:

The [theist] cannot have it both ways. He cannot on the one hand argue that “God exists” is the reasonable outcome of a non-question begging, objective analysis of the arguments and evidence, while endorsing justifications of divine hiddenness…He cannot insist that God’s existence is manifest and reasonable while also claiming that God has his reasons for withholding his existence from serious inquiry. God’s existence is either justified by our epistemic situation or it is not. And the very fact that the arguments for his existence are so embattled, weak, complicated, and unconvincing…works against the [theist]. (link)