a reply to: Pbraca
I think we're at a real fork in the road now, but that few realize the predicament that we're in when looking at these questions seriously.
To be honest, I can see where the atheists are coming from in their disturbed and somewhat shrill protestations. It's unnerving.
If this was meant to be, at the most fundamental micro level, then by extension, it also applies to the macro, and all the way to our own experience
of being alive!
It's a terrible predicament to be in, but it's better than the alternative (nothing, nowhere).
I think either route leads to crazy, but me I'd rather retain my sense of humor and thus opt for the creative and generous God hypothesis, with
meaning and significance included along with a newfound richness.. of appreciation of the opportunity that life presents and makes available to us,
from before the very foundation of the world! There's fun in that, and excitement, and childlike wonderment.
And frankly, when we really consider the multiverse strong anthropic principal as the only real viable alternative, taking that other fork leads
straight into an atheist foxhole bounded round by a meaningless absurdity that offers no escape back into the land of reason, and a breathtaking view
where the answer to the question of "why?" seems to be "because I love you".
Therefore, when faced with the choice, I choose good crazy that remains open to all possibility, instead of a dead, impersonal, and meaningless
absurdity that's based on a level of crazy that goes nowhere fast, just to avoid, at any and all cost, God.
I don't see what the problem is being immersed in an ocean of self-aware intelligence if that's the way it really is, was and will always be.
I think the biggest problem with the God hypothesis is that it implies that there's nowhere to hide and that there may be a standard of just judgement
that is also the highest expression of love even in the lowest place, to raise us up to ever increasing glory in our own inclusion, and reintegration,
as if in a loving, fatherly embrace (think Prodigal Son who, although he was dead and lost, is alive and found again!).
To find one's self in God isn't really such a bad place to be, particularly if it's the truth and the reality, but one whose significance and
implications can continue to be explored right down to our own experience and interpersonal relations and outwardly in our every creative endeavor.
There's a certain logic and consistency and integrity to the rational basis for faith, but to also have empirical, scientific data pointing a shaky
finger at Intelligence underpinning our reality, only ads to the mirth and charm of it all, like a joke told at the expense of scientists, atheists,
and probably most believers, but most certainly at the expense of our human ignorance and presumptuousness, and egotism, when the mystery we're
staring straight in the face ought to discombobulate us, and enlighten us, because it forces us to look at everything without and within, in a whole
edit on 8-9-2016 by AnkhMorpork because: (no reason given)