Friday, July 24, 2009

Why my facebook shows me as agnostic

A while back, I had a rather interesting dicussion with a person on facebook regarding an assumption that was made about my "religion status" which I have set to agnostic Specifically, there was some confusion that his meant I was "atheist", which is a completely different term alltogether.

This audio file helps explain better the difference

Essentially, I sort of feel "forced" into agnosticism. In truth, I am a believer in God. There are many reasons for my belief, most of which rely on the cosmological argument for the existtance of god. I also prefer to follow notions of darwism over traditional creationist theories. Although Darwin's theories never contradict the notion of a "uncaused cause" or a "designer" that put to into motion a specific trend. Though it theorizes that life can evolve without the necessity of such a creator.

Anyway, one of the problems I cannot simply state "I am a theist", or "I am a Christian", or I am [insert whatever]. Is because once stated, it means I must subscribe to the particular views of that sect of society. I force myself to commit to serveral basic principles. And from my research, I have yet to discover (and perhaps never will discover), a set of principles that I completely agree with. (There are some that are close)

If I had to pick the one, I suppose it is closest to the notion of Pantheism. The idea that God is present it all things, that in fact "God is all things", or the sum of all things, and I try as much as possible to remove myself from anthropomorphic god.

I think, for the most part, most religions have it "right", not "perfect". But the general notions, the general principles of doing good towards others, of loving others, (and ourselves)

The problem is that we are human, we are rational, free beings, who interpret things, who hold our own views. We can read a sentence and have multiple interepretations. Truthfully, it doesn't really matter who is right and who is wrong as much as it matters that we work together to make the world we live in as good a place as possible.

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