Beyond Belief! – Religious Ramblings
One of the best essays I have ever read. A Pagan named Father Crow breaks down religious belief and human nature. It boils down to Aristotle and his theory of dualism… either something is, or it isn’t.
Anyone living in the real world knows it’s not a black and white world. Despite the fantastical stories of King Arthur and Camelot… there really was a King Arthur. Whether you believe he walked on water, rose from the dead or not… there really was a Jesus in 1st Century Palestine. I’ve found a lot of legends passed down in life were actually based on real people, however exaggerated the stories around it became.
In other words, I find things are “kinda sorta based in truth”, but we either don’t understand it’s nature yet… or it didn’t go down exactly as they said it did.
Using a real life example of our world being “shades of grey”: There were plenty of reasons to invade Iraq, and there were plenty of reasons to just leave them alone… all depends on which shade of gray you feel more comfortable with. As for me, a part of me is glad we’re not taking any more crap from the Middle East… I’m also concerned with the blowback if we “overdo it” as well. Some people use their massive power to be like benevolent gods, others simply become bullies (and all bullies eventually get their heads handed to them).
When I see atheists pat themselves on the back by proving there’s no God simply by refuting the Bible… they make me laugh. They simply proved that God, as portayed in the Bible, doesn’t exist. One religion down, ten thousand more to go….
So when you find yourself using Aristotle’s “either it’s True (completely) or False (completely)” frame of mind… you’ve already lost. It’s hardly scientific, and you’d make a lousy detective or doctor.