We were discussing faith though. weren't we? I was just pointing out that all of us have to use faith. It's not really a bad thing. That's all.
Leadfoot: It’s pretty cool that goo from a tidal pond or an under sea vent can ask that question, dontcha think?
Infra: That's still a conclusion based on an assumption, though.
In a religious context..."faith" is simply the insistence that blind guesses about the existence of gods (and what the gods are like) IS CORRECT.
Perhaps it is not a "bad" thing...but it sure is a SILLY thing.
In any rational context, the existence of Golf is a SILLY thing. The jury is still out on God for most people.
Quote:In any rational context, the existence of Golf is a SILLY thing. The jury is still out on God for most people.
In a rational context these two things can not be compared. "Golf" is a voluntary activity, much like many other games and sports that people engage in. And yes, in the right perspective it can appear silly. "God" is purported to be an unproven supernatural entity which we must accept on faith. This too can appear silly but for different reasons. Humans commonly deem it silly to believe in things for which there is no material evidence or existential need, so making an exception for some cultural artifact like a Supreme Being can look pretty silly. But not the way walking around in plaid pants and a chartreuse shirt chasing a dimpled white ball does.
I once saw a comedian, ( I think it was Robin Williams, but I can’t be certain,) say that golf was the one time a white middle aged man could dress like a black pimp.
In a rational context these two things can not be compared. "Golf" is a voluntary activity, much like many other games and sports that people engage in.
They are both completely voluntary activities.
Many scientists make blind guesses about stuff. They call those blind guesses..."blind guesses." They would laugh at the thought of insisting that their blind guess have to be accepted as truth.
Jiggy, the religious make blind guesses...call those blind guesses "beliefs"...and then insist that every one else "respect" their blind guesses.
Fair, to me, would be to acknowledge that such hypotheses are no different to the religious views...