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Subject: Re: religious tendencies ( 3 of 47 )
Posted by abde

For someone of the atheistic persuasion, you certainly have some penetrating (intended, as opposed to accidental, I assume) insights. That quote by the Guide about proof denying faith is an important one which even theists fail to grasp sometimes.

I don't agree with your assertion that a burden of proof rests on God, or his believers. Most theists that I know of (including myself) are perfectly happy to believe in God without feeling a compulsion (unfortunately suffered by a minority) to prosletyze. For me, as a practising muslim, my faith in God is something that enhances my appreciation of the universe, not detract from it. I too (strongly!) prefer the "awe of understanding to the awe of ignorance" but as a physics/math/astronomy major in college I found several limitations in how far science can drive that understanding.

all the greatest intellectual achievements of mankind, the laws of physics, chemistry, and biology, are still in the end only approximations to reality. What we call laws are actually intricate, complex, and internally consistent models that serve to extend our understanding, but by no means do they fully describe the reality that underlies our perception.

Have you heard of Godel's Theorem?

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