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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-31-08 04:36 PM
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86. But that's just it
Edited on Sat May-31-08 04:41 PM by ihavenobias
You wrote: "the facts, but the facts stand.

angels, god... (which i think we are talking about more) one cannot prove it or prove it doesn't exist either way....

a little bet different."

And my point (which is stated very well by popular author Sam Harris in A Letter To A Christian Nation: http://www.randomhouse.com/kvpa/harris /) is that otherwise intelligent humans use logic, facts and reason in EVERY other area of their life. Why is it that they throw these things out the window when it comes to religion?

It's basically saying "yes, this is completely illogical, irrational and not supported by facts, but for just this one thing that's ok".

And look, personal experience can be incredibly misleading. If someone claims they talk to Elvis we put them in a straight jacket and give them a padded room, yet if another person claims to talk to an invisible God, that's perfectly ok. Why in the world do we make such a distinction? If enough people start to believe that they talk to Elvis, do we start to accept that too, because they experienced it?

And yes, from the beginning of time every culture has come up with (factually baseless) claims to explain things they didn't understand. Zeus made lightning bolts, Apollo made the sun shine and any other number of the hundreds of beliefs we have dis-proven and explained over the centuries.

Are there things we (currently) can't explain with science? Of course. But considering how much science has illuminated (about the sun, the stars and even explaining DNA and the central nervous system in many ways), why do people assume these explanations will stop? I'm not saying that "everything" will be discovered, but I *am* saying that a current lack of explanation is not in and of itself somehow proof that an all knowing infinite being with our best interest at heart is somewhere watching and guiding us.
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