Acceptance Oration: Allot of Blah, Blah, Yada, Yada. This page.
Afterlife: Nature only knows transformation.
Babbage: Charles, inventor of the Computing Device.
Big Questions: Its all covered in one page
Death: Once you are dead, Death ceases to exist.
Deism: God exists, its religion that is fake.
Digital Deism: Membership apply here.
Eternity: Thank you Mr Wolfe
Facts: Like them or not, you can test for them.
Faith: a confession of faith phobia, not specific, all faiths.
Is God religious?: Spoiler alert, he is a scientist.
The Sermon on the mount: Edited words of Jesus
I am who I am: A quip to Moses, misquoted in the bible, its actually “Oy vey, I am who I am, what a putz is this Moses”
Light upon the Candlestick: Some say by Spinoza
Merton: Another CIA assassination, just do not give Peace a chance
Spinoza: Murray put me onto this guy. He otter know better.
Watts: Just another hippy who is “one toke over the line” perhaps.
Wendell Berry: The peace of wild things and the Agrarian standard, to know these is to know me.

Acceptance Oration

Acceptance starts with recognizing a condition without attempting to change or deny it. It is central to scientific exploration and the ideas of Spinoza, he gave us reason, science, secularism and The Light upon the Candlestick.

I find no peace in faith; my mind percolates searching for facts; asking why. It is easy for some to submit, but reason should never sleep. As Robert Ingersoll determined reason, observation and experience triumph over revelation and fear.

Marvel at the universe, study Copernicus and Kepler; understand the resistance, persecution and ridicule they faced from the church.

“In the Bible, there is no mention of the Trinity.”

Michael Servetus (1511 – 1553) participated in the Protestant Reformation by publishing “On the Errors of the Trinity” Condemned he was arrested in Geneva and burnt at the stake as a heretic.

Have the same critical eye for apparent progressives like Thomas Merton and Gurus like Alan Watt. Doubt, read Upton Sinclair’s “The Profits of Religion”.

Accept your short time with your friends and family. As Wendell Berry describes it

…bow to mystery, and take my stand on the earth like a tree in a field, passing without haste or regret toward what will be, my life a patient willing descent into the grass.

The Wish to be Generous by Wendell Berry

As for death and the possibility of an afterlife, I have no hopes. Their have been days when I did not know if I would see tomorrow, in those moments, my only thought was hoping to see those who passed before.

A Deist of little faith

I like the ideals of deism. A deist of little faith. The problem with labels is they are a lazy way of observing and can be a barrier to understanding. Prejudiced notions are at the root of the deepest problems we face.

Richard Dawkins (1941- ) got it right when he stated…“Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence.

Fifty years earlier Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970) stated:

….So long as men are not trained to withhold judgment in the absence of evidence, they will be led astray by cocksure prophets, and it is likely that their leaders will be either ignorant fanatics or dishonest charlatans.

Unpopular Essays (1950) is a book by Bertrand Russell. A collection of his more controversial essays.

So here we are!

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