Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Religion

Current status of my thinking on religion:

I definitely don't believe in monotheism.

Monotheism is self-contradictory.

We're asked to believe in a god who is simultaneously all-good, all-wise and all-knowing.

That means the god, being all-good, would not tolerate evils such as child rape or mass murder.

Being all-knowing the god would certainly know of any such evil.

Being all-powerful the god would have no difficulty in eradicating such evil.

Therefore it follows logically that if such a god existed none of these evils would exist.

And since these evils obviously do exist it therefore follows that the usual monotheist concept of god must be false.



On the other hand, I definitely don't believe in atheism.

There are (it seems to me) lots of little clues to the existence of some kind of divinity in the universe.

One great big clue is the coincidence of the sun and the moon.

The sun is 400 times bigger than the moon.

However, by coincidence the sun is also 400 times further away than the moon.

This astonishing coincidence results in the sun and moon appearing to be the same size when viewed in the sky of the Planet Earth and allows eclipses to occur.

A lot of other coincidences result in the Planet Earth existing in a "Goldilocks Zone" which is perfect for life.

Okay, these coincidences don't entirely disprove the athiest view but, to my way of thinking, they make it seem very unlikely to be true.



So, if the truth is neither monotheism nor atheism, what does that leave?

Polytheism, pantheism? Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Paganism?

A pragmatic accomodation of all these in a spirit of enlightened agnosticism?

Definitely something like that...


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