The ‘Scales of Doubt’ Quiz

The ‘Scales of Doubt’ Quiz *this is rather old but I like it. Taken from NPR article about Doubt the book.* Answer “Yes,” “No,” or “Not Sure” to the following: 1. Do you believe that a particular religious tradition holds accurate knowledge of the ultimate nature of reality and the purpose of human life? 2.Continue reading “The ‘Scales of Doubt’ Quiz”

Symbolic Immortality

From: Carlo Strenger’s article You’d better believe it: Daniel Dennett argues that many religious people don’t truly believe. But though I sympathise, it’s a case of wishful thinking Hopefully enough of a clipping to understand where I’m going with my thoughts. What is Dennett’s problem, then? Why can’t he accept the facts, even though heContinue reading “Symbolic Immortality”

Good for Him! Jimmy Carter stands up for women’s rights!

I think its hard for someone who is part of a religious community to make a stand on one point. Organized religions are not just the beliefs but they also consist of a community. It seems like sometimes you have to accept ALL the aspects of a religion or quit/be kicked out. It looks likeContinue reading “Good for Him! Jimmy Carter stands up for women’s rights!”

The God Delusion – first thoughts

So with all the talk and thoughts about atheism this last week, I thought I should actually read the God Delusion. While I’m only a little ways in, I thought I should make some comments. Dawkins brings up some very good points about organized religion and how it seems to get a free pass inContinue reading “The God Delusion – first thoughts”

Belief in Belief: Interesting Discussion

I’ve been reading and writing a lot on religion/philosophy/existence etc over the last couple days, and as a result of such, my brain is just bouncing around with arguments and thoughts. In the moments before I’m fully awake or asleep my brain auto pilots strange explanations for a God. This morning I woke up toContinue reading “Belief in Belief: Interesting Discussion”

Can God Be Perfect if We Exist?

An interesting post at A Philosopher’s Blog: Can God Be Perfect if We Exist? Currently, we are discussing Spinoza in class. Spinoza presents a rather interesting view of God in that he, Spinoza, is a pantheist. On his view, everything is God. This view contrasts sharply with the usual monotheistic view in which God existsContinue reading “Can God Be Perfect if We Exist?”