Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Frank Question

Sometimes the things I believe seem startlingly absurd. If we divide the realm of faith into the haves and have-nots, then I'm sitting in the same boat with Christians, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Scientologists. Mathematics tells me that some large portion of the group is probably barking up the wrong tree, and I have as much hard evidence to back up my beliefs as anyone else.

This makes atheism look pretty appealing. Instead of being in a big messy group of the faithful, atheism elegantly stands apart, categorically rejecting anything which can't be empirically proven.

Why should I believe in anything when there are tons of conflicting belief systems with no empirically 'correct' choice?

I have answers to this question, but that doesn't prevent me from asking it over and over.  It's useful to dwell on the notion that I don't know a perfect answer; the notion that I could very well be wrong to believe in anything.

It reminds me that in everything I write and say about faith, I have no grounds to talk down to anyone.

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