Observations on the world today.

Monday, July 23, 2007

The Certainty Question 

I was asked today how it is that I can be so certain that there is no God. This is the answer that I gave.
I have examined other world religions. All of them have very different beliefs about the nature of deity. And all of the followers of these beliefs know very little about the history of their own faith or of the beliefs of others. And the truth is that the more one knows of the history of their own faith and the more one compares that history to the histories of other faiths, a commonality becomes more and more apparent. All of the faiths are based on stories of miracles or magic events that no impartial parties witnessed and which the believers all take on faith. There is never any empirical proof - just faith.

So if all of the religions of the world have this reliance on faith, then we have to examine the question of why would the deities place such a premium on gullibility? Why is skepticism such an anathema to the heavenly host?

In fact, doesn't elevating faith to the position of most admired attribute make the devout easy prey to charlatans and con-men? History, in fact, is replete (metaphorically speaking) with cases where skeptics who were merely warning their fellow men not to trust the priest who advocates surrendering the virgins to the volcano were turned on by the devout and were themselves tossed into the volcano.

It happens today - now - in America every day.

But I refuse to acknowledge ANY merit in faith for faith's sake. Ignorance for the sake of ignorance is more like it. And since I reject that basic tenant of faith, I find that the things that men have faith in that have no basis in sustainable fact are probably if not positively lies. No God that I could believe in would have me reject my own nature and embrace trusting the unprovable promises of long dead men. And since any God worth believing in would know that about me, none worth believing in must exist.

There is no God. I'm certain of it.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Is My Mascara Running? 

Tammy Faye Messner dies at 65
RALEIGH, N.C. - Tammy Faye Messner, who as Tammy Faye Bakker helped her husband, Jim, build a multimillion-dollar evangelism empire and then watched it collapse in disgrace, has died. She was 65.
In related news, Revlon stock dropped half a point at the close of this weeks Dow.

I'm just sayin'...

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