Sunday, September 22, 2019

After having spent 35 years in religious circles (mostly Evangelical Christian, but also in recent years Buddhist and non-Evangelical Christian) and after having earned a Master's degree in Religion, studied and read and researched extensively, I've ultimately concluded that the most honest form of religious belief is agnosticism: to humbly say, "I don't know." Agnosticism doesn't require letting go of beliefs but it does mean holding those beliefs loosely, knowing they are merely beliefs--not facts; being cognizent about what is actual and what is speculative. A danger I've observed in nearly every religion is the tendency to treat beliefs as facts. From that error flows a tremendous amount of foolishness and harm.


Blogger Daniel Wilcox said...

I can can see the advantage of a seeking, searching agnosticism when it comes to speculative philosophy and cosmology.

Humans are such a tiny, brief species in the vast light-yeared reaches of the billions of galaxies in the cosmos (or the multi-verse) that to claim to know the ultimate nature of all that is--does appear to be delusional and arrogant.

On the other hand, since every moment of every day, we humans need to make ethical decisions, we do need to choose a probable hypothesis of reality, even though we don't have conclusive knowledge.

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