Re: Frank Apisa (Post 4979958)
Frank Apisa wrote:
“I DO NOT BELIEVE GODS EXIST” (the first part of my title) merely tells you part of what I do NOT “believe” about the existence of gods. Essentially it is saying: I am not willing to express a belief that gods exist.
You use that word "believe." I do not think it means what you think it means.
Joe, we disagree on many things, but you are a logical thinker and I would appreciate you considering this question more carefully.
I acknowledge that I do not think of the word "believe" quite the way some other people do, but I do not think that difference changes things appreciably here.
In the context of a discussion of religion(and to some extent, philosophy), I think a "belief" is just a guess about the unknown.
So let me ask you this, Joe: If I were to reword the title using "guess" instead of "believe"...would it be inconsistent or illogical?
I do not GUESS gods exist…but I do not GUESS there are no gods.
(I am unwilling to guess gods exist...and at the same time, I am unwilling to guess gods do not exist. I simply am not willing to make a guess on this issue.)
Would it be logical for me to say that I do not see enough unambiguous evidence upon which to base a meaningful guess on the matter in either direction?