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Originally posted by silent thunder
I cannot explain it rationally, even to myself, but the religion-versus-athiesm debate seems ridiculous and tautological to me somehow. In other words, it seems like a kind of non-issue.
Perhaps I'm simply bored of reading endless arguments on the topic,* but somehow it just doesn't strike me as all that important.
Pondering this a bit more deeply, I guess that when it comes to religion, I don't really *believe* as much as I *feel.* To me, this takes religion out of the realm of "belief" and into...well, a totally different kind of experience.
Questions like the scientific origin of the universe just simply don't feel to me like they have anything to do with the core of religion whatsoever. I am aware many on both sides of the fence will disagree, perhaps violently. But the feeling of the divine, the nobility and challenge of being ethical to one's fellow man, the experience of primal awe in the face of the divine, the sense of humility before something greater than oneself...this "feels like" it runs on one track of experience. Meanwhile Hard-headed, frontal-lobe-style rational scientific investigation of origins -- this seems a totally unrelated type of inquiry.
Like I said, I can't really explain it. Maybe one of you who can intuitively grasp what I'm reaching for here can do a better job.
*yeah, I know, I know, here I go creating another one...
Originally posted by Trudge
All you need to do is look at math. You are asking a question of positive and negative. First you must realize the math behind it. 1 positive times 1 positive equals a positive. 1 negative times one positive equals 1 negative. 1 negative times 1 negative equals 1 positive. No matter how many negatives there are in this world they will never win if you do the math.
Originally posted by thegoodearth
reply to post by Annee
This is a very interesting analogy that I could expound on quite a bit, but I really don't see the relevence it has on this topic at all...