There are thousands of religions, and many philosophical explanations for who we are and why we are here. Some are similar, others diametrically opposed. One thing they have in common is none of them are certain, and if one believes in any of them, it requires faith.
Faith, defined: "strong belief...based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof."
Right there in the definition of faith, we see it requires a lack of proof. If there is proof, it's not faith, it's just observation. Here we have reason #1. No proof. The rebuttal to anyone saying there IS proof: If there is proof, then it is not faith. If it's not faith, then it's not a religion. If you are trying to say your religion has proof, then by the very definition of religion and faith, you are delusional.
Next reason: Improbability.
Out of these thousands of options with their creative explanations of life, it's very unlikely that any one you choose or that appeals to you is the right one.
Even if hundreds of millions of others believe the same thing. Example: Hinduism vs. Judaism. "1,200,000,000 people can't be wrong", is the argument I've heard. Well, yes, actually, they can. Either that, or over 2,000,000,000 people who believe those people are wrong, are wrong. Having numbers doesn't make you right, and is listed as one of the logical fallacies. See "Argumentum ad pupolum" : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argumentum_ad_populum
Given this information, the only logical solution is to just admit you don't know. It's not that hard, it doesn't hurt (unless you are really egotistical/narcissistic, etc). It's just the truth. You don't know. No one does. There are those who think or believe they know, for whatever reasons (fear of the unknown, false confidence, upbringing, lack of intelligence, inability to accept reality, etc), but simply by accepting that you don't know, you put yourself a step ahead of the fools.
Just those two logical foundations alone are enough to dissuade anyone of sufficient cognitive ability to fully understand them from subscribing to or continuing to participate in any current world religion. Not that everyone has that level of cognition, or ability to extricate themselves from their subjective reality enough to observe the information with an unbiased and logical mind.
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I’m an atheist but I think most atheists are more scared to think about religion and spirituality and hide behind a guise of “rationality.”
The interesting thing about spirituality and religion is what I would call “revelation.” And not only in terms of Christianity.
It’s basically profound concepts which are expressed through symbolism and cannot be explained through logical means.
I think this is why people believe in religions and such. And it’s very interesting. Of course I’m an extreme skeptic and critic and despite learning a lot I’m still an atheist.
But I’m not so ignorant to think that I’m somehow more intelligent or “rational” than people who are religious. I think it’s nonsense to say that shit. It’s pure ignorance if you ask me.
It’s fun to learn the concepts and ideas that religion has. You won’t find the profound concepts you can learn anywhere else. It doesn’t mean they were passed down from god. If you ask me, god is similar to the concept of infinity. Human beings are interested in exploring ideas, and things such as infinity or god, where you attempt to integrate a logic based on the integration of all that exists into a single concept is very interesting.
And the same way there is a logic to infinity, so is there a logic to spirituality.
And science does the same shit. Ever heard of a boltzman brain? It’s the same thing. You could say the entirety of existence as well is one massive conscious brain. If our human brains are conscious and capable of rational thought due to the transfer of information, who is to say that all of existence is not merely a singular information machine, and said machine is not conscious of what goes on inside?
See, it is fun to think about stuff like that. Doesn’t make it true. But there’s merit to it. And you aren’t special for being an atheist and you aren’t smarter than other people for being an atheist, and you aren’t more rational either.
If you’re going to talk about philosophy, the world of philosophy debates god quite a bit. And there are good arguments on both sides, from people probably way smarter than anyone on this website lol.
Thanks for a very intelligent and insightful reply. You are right, I was wrong to say "not for intelligent or logical people..".
Also, I'm not an atheist, or think I'm "more special" than anyone. I realize for most religious people the reason for their religion is just by chance the place where they were born and who they were born to.
That’s definitely true as well. But it applies to everyone. The majority of people aren’t exactly “thinkers.” They’re more like animals, doing whatever their body tells them to do lol. But we all have that potential to think more and be more than that in my opinion.
@goaded XD nice I love it
He's usually good. http://smbc-comics.com
Someone call all the philosophers, neuroscientists, and anyone else who thinks they are smart. Humanity solved in one comic. All of the debates are settled now.
@goaded I know you’re not fond of my ideology in general, but I’m not offended. I can take a joke. You’re polar opposite on the political spectrum, but I do actually invite you’re feedback as it forces me to think at times. I think progressives are generally good people. I just don’t like the politicians. I got no beef with you.
Yeah it is interesting how culture influenced a particular belief and that was one of my concerns when I first started learning. It takes away the legitimacy if faith is influenced by varying cultures rather than a higher power. What stood out about Christianity and say Catholicism is that Christians refer everything back to the Bible where as Catholics use idols such as priests and don’t exactly follow the Bible. There’s more solidity in that. If you ever choose to read it, just know that the Old Testament is meant to be shown to you as lessons and not taken literally. It says this later on. It’s meant to be taken spiritually. So if a woman is stoned to death for sleeping outside a marriage, her spirituality is to be stoned to death. When I first read parts of the Old Testament I was really off put by reading and taking it literally.
Yikes I thought these responses were on my opinion when I woke up and read them. Disregard 😂
@Not_Average No worries. I did wonder why you distinguish between Christianity and Catholicism, considering the Catholics came first.