Browsing All posts tagged under »agnostic«

God in the Eyes

December 23, 2018


Out of nothing I have created a strange new universe. — Janos Bolyai Is there a God? I have no idea. But if there is one, He (or She or It) ought to be really, really impressive. The standard God who watches the Game Board of the Universe and occasionally moves some of the pieces, is so … so … human. And that’s a […]

God Gets a Makeover — a short story

October 22, 2017


I was a stranger and you did not invite me in . . . — Matthew 25:43 “Have you met Jesus?” “Beg pardon?” “Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior?” “Um … it’s on my to-do list.” “I’m serious. There’s still time, you know.” “Until…?” “Until you’re judged.” “By…?” “By God. If you […]

The Scientists’ Superstition

June 25, 2015


Mind and matter alike, I should say, are only convenient symbols in discourse, not actually existing things. — Bertrand Russell (Let’s take a jump down the rabbit hole. I promise I’ll have you back on the surface in just a few minutes. Until then, enjoy a short intellectual adventure.) Years ago, a magazine printed a […]

Does It Matter to God?

October 16, 2014


There’s a belief, widespread among the devout, that God will punish you if you don’t worship Him. This theme recurs in major religions: • Christianity: Worship God through Jesus or spend eternity skewered on a spit in Hell • Judaism: You’re the Chosen, but if you disregard God’s commands, there’s big trouble ahead • Islam: […]

Why God Smiles — a short story

June 12, 2014


If God is Love, then He must be smiling. All the time. No matter what fate befalls you, no matter what distress, God’s benevolent smile beams down upon you. If you are happy, God is smiling. At death’s door? Enraged by the caprices of God’s universe? Regardless, his sunlike radiance pours its warmth onto you. […]

Science, Philosophy, and Woo-Woo — Part 2

March 13, 2014


There’s no theology in science! There can’t be. Science is about finding the truth as it is, not as we wish it to be. Science is not about faith; it’s about facts. It’s the most powerful, objective, clear-headed means of discerning the facts that humans have yet invented.  Scientists are rightly proud of their achievements, […]

Science, Philosophy, and Woo-Woo — Part 1

February 27, 2014


Recently an online blogger wondered whether atheists could believe in spiritual things. (You know: ghosts, reincarnation, ESP.) I posted a reply: 1. Buddhists are spiritual but don’t believe in a deity that runs everything. 2. Scientists believe in a physical universe that exists separately from awareness, yet they can’t prove such an assertion, for the […]

The Doubter’s Search for Meaning

July 11, 2013


A blogger writes: “I am obsessed with the meaning of life and in my search of truth I have not found much that is satisfying. . . . I feel that I’ve been chasing an invisible rabbit down a deep, deep hole. . . . We are all stuck in this same rat race of […]

God and the Type 5 Civilization

June 27, 2013


I’m agnostic about gods. Maybe there is one (or many); maybe not. How should I know? I’m just one guy tootling along on Planet Earth. Perhaps there’s a being who has complete control over the universe, who can shape or destroy it at will, and who can interfere with events as needed. So far I […]

What Can We Know?

April 8, 2013


            “The secret to life in two words: not always so.” — Shunryu Suzuki “Nullius in verba.” (“Take nobody’s word for it.”) — The Royal Society “Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” — Richard Feynman “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance. It is the illusion of […]

The Secret to Life?

March 28, 2013


Is there a Secret to Life? You know, a technique or approach or belief that helps us live well and get what we want and fulfill our purpose? A lot of people seem to think so. Take religion. Christians say that all you have to do is accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior (and […]

Agnostic Spirit, Part 2

March 18, 2013


As an agnostic, I stand midway between atheists and religionists. Atheists tend to despise religions as superstitions, while religionists tend to despise atheists as godless evildoers. Each side wants to be polite to us agnostics, not because they respect us but because they hope to convert us. Regardless, agnostics are in the unenviable position of […]

Agnostic Spirit

March 14, 2013


What do you do if you’re agnostic or atheistic but something impels you to search for things spiritual? Are you being rational or religious? You have one foot in each world. Few people are willing to walk that border with you, so it gets lonely. Still, you must struggle with the issue. It haunts you. […]

Does God Believe in Herself?

September 22, 2012


One of my blogging colleagues here at WordPress has written extensively about her quest to understand the nature of God and whether, in fact, God exists. Her words bespeak a sincere and open-hearted mind whose doubts perhaps give her some distress. In one essay, she asked readers to describe their views of God. My reply […]

To Err Is Human

July 19, 2012


It has been said by some wits that that there are three degrees of unveracity: ‘Lies, damned lies, and statistics.’ — Cornelia Augusta Hewitt Crosse You can prove the truth of anything, as long as your assumptions are false. — Jim Hull There is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, […]