posted on Nov, 13 2010 @ 03:54 PM
Hello, most of you don't know me.
Or at least, I hope most of you don't know me. If you do know me, I humbly apologize for everything.
There, with that out of the way, lets talk about the topic I started this thread about which is.... let me check... oh yes....
Why so big like that?
'Cause it seems to be dreadfully important.
I say seems tome because well... to me it isn't.
Well... I mean, it's important to me, sure. But it shouldn't be important to people at large.
Let's talk about moderates.
If I had to (and I don't like to, but for the good of discussion...) I'd classify myself as a moderate agnostic atheist.
Well, there are a few reasons.
Ultimately, despite all else I may say, I'm ambivalent towards religion. Personally, i hold it as a human invention, and like most human inventions,
is itself not good or bad. It's simply a tool.
What it's used for... well, that's a discussion for another time. It's complex.
Like airplanes, tomatoes and relationships.
Not that those necessarily go together, they're just examples, mind you.
Now me, I like to discuss, critique religion.
This I because I do the same with most anything. Books, games, work...
Things I enjoy, things I dislike, whatever.
It helps me to understand things, to learn.
The problem is, however, that for the most part doing this with religion is well... taboo.
Like telling your girlfriend what you really think of those shoes, or pants.
If I try to give examples of why I have trouble with it, I and others don't get the open discourse we are looking for, but instead the usual result
is ridicule and eventually insults.
Obviously, this isn't everyone. There are moderates everywhere, and I've had some very entertaining and enlightening conversations, with theists
and atheists alike.
There are many types of atheism, just as there are many types of theism.
And not just the "Old Atheist","New Atheist" "Angry Atheist", or "Blue Atheist."
Buddhism, followers of Confucius, or, to go back to labels, "Happy Atheists" (Yo.) "indifferent atheists", "cheesy atheists," ect.
There are zen atheists, pantheists. spiritual atheists... a whole world of atheism just as complex and intricate as religion is.
Myself, while atheism is harder to pin down (there exists no one book on atheism that can be considered definitive, including the God Delusion, by
Dr. Dawkins), theism has always carried with it some form of scriptures. Much as I would with anything, I critique, I ask questions, I want to know
what this means, what this is understood as, what such and such is held to.
When it comes tot taking something on blind faith... well, the question I have is... why?
However, for me, atheism is not really important.
To me, much more important is the route one took to get there. You can be skeptical and be a theist, and I prefer healthy skepticism versus
irrational atheism any day.
Yes, there's a but. You saw that coming, didn't you?
ut, we must be open to free discourse. If questions are viewed as attacks, then no matter what the subject may be, there's no way to find common
And, to borrow a phrase from Carl Sagan, this Pale Blue Dot is where we all call home, and we all have to live with each other.
Nannoo Nanoo, 42.