Acceptance starts with the ideas of Spinoza, he gave us reason, science, secularism, and equality. I find no peace in faith; my mind percolates searching for facts; asking why. It is easy for some to submit, but subconsciously reason never sleeps.
Marvel at the universe, doubt prophets, 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.
As for an afterlife, my hope is their is an exit interview, I would express my thanks for my sweetheart of almost 45 year. Their have been days when I did not know if I would see tomorrow, in those moments, my only concern was how to find her in the next life.
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 got it right when he stated…“Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence.
One hundred years earlier Bertrand Russell 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.
So here we are!
A review of the top 20 religions
The first article is a review or summary of the top 20 religions and then an outline of what i believe in regards to religious belief. Mostly I believe in asking why.
One page summary
What I believe in one page. My beliefs are more conclusions, subject to change if new information becomes apparent. I do not like or dislike any particular organized religion, ideology, political party, lifestyle or personal choice no matter how ridiculous or self serving it may be. The variety of idiomatic characteristics and ideas make the world an interesting and entertaining place. Just do not hurt anyone else. To put it another way I do not like or dislike the cactus plant, prickly bushes do not affect me on a daily basis, I just do not embrace them and so it is with most beliefs.
I am an amazingly consistent gift giver and I love Christmas. Two reasons; its a party with my family and after Christmas the days are getting longer. When you live in the Great White North that is, and always has been a big deal. For the perplexed recipient of my endless stream of little bowls this is why. As well I felt obliged to included a short festivus airing of grievances in regards to the Yule season so as not to disappoint.
For further discussions about the universe and an interesting spin on the big bang and your role in it go here
Go to a discussion about Deism
Go to a discussion about an aferlife
Go to a discussion about Spinoza
Go to a discussion about the Great Agnostic
Go to a different view of the Big Bang