losing your religion
Wed Nov 5 00:02:40 CST 1997
> "Bobo the Almighty OverAmoeba runs things."
> "A Nameless Horror once murdered all but 2 of the 200
> million humans by drowning them just because IT didn't like
> how they lived."
> "The Crystalline Entity loves the Amityville Horror so you
> better not cry, you better not pout, you ..."
> another way to put my argument is that the burden of proof
> belongs to those who assert "God exists." if that burden is
> not met, we should not BELIEVE "God exists."
> furthermore, an epistemological standard so sloppy that it
> cannot conclude that the Borg, The Mushroom Which Looked
> Spectacular, and any other COMPLETELY FICTIONAL BULLSHIT
> does not exist leaves one blithering "unh i don't know if
> Jackalopes are real or not: i am agnostic on that matter."
> so, if "X exists" does not meet its burden of proof i
> conclude "X does not exist." as shorthand for "you prove
> so, Bill, do you BELIEVE in the OverAmoeba? why not?
No, but I have never had any kind of personal experience with Bobo the
Crystal Amoeba Horror Show.
I conceed your argument that it is probably really horrible science to
believe in God. All of those arguments are true. If this has found a
place in your heart then I am happy that you have found a way to live with
which you are happy.
What I do believe to be grossly inappropriate on your part is equating my
personal experience with a comic book character. I think you just about
have to put yourself in the role of a god to be able to say that I or a
person with any form of religious belief is wrong- you can't possibly hope
to have shared every one of those experiences.
I did not ask you to believe what I believe, I do not ask that of anyone.
If you have found peace through science I applaud you; if someone else has
found peace through some other means I feel equally happy for them. All I
am saying is that I have had an experience that is sufficient for my belief
and I fail to understand why that means I am best friends with Bobo.
UT El Paso
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