010 The Pros and Cons of Agnosticism

What are the pros and cons of agnosticism? Agnosticism literally means, “without knowledge,” usually in reference to the existence of God. Strong agnosticism says, “God’s existence cannot be known.” Weak agnosticism says, “God’s existence is currently not known.” Sometimes people will say, “I don’t know” or “I’m undecided” concerning God’s existence. In either case, the main claim is that there is not enough evidence to make a decision. The problem is that agnosticism is unlivable. You must live as if God exists or as if God does not exist. There is no neutrality. You are either a theist or an atheist, at least in practical life.

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My Book: Does God Exist?

Does God Exist BookWe should believe what we have good reasons to believe. That is because we all value the truth and want to know if what we believe is true. If you are a lover of truth, then this book is for you. In it, we take a close look at the evidence for for the existence of God and the relaibility of the Bible in an honest and objective manner. If we really love the truth, we will not be afraid of honestly looking at the evidence for what we believe.

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A Pantheistic Reinterpretation of Psalm 23

Psalm 23 (A Pantheistic Reinterpretation)

1 Because the Earth is my Provider, I have everything I need. 2 It produces green pastures for me to lie down in, and I rest in its fields of green grass and enjoy its peaceful streams, 3 and they refresh me. But the Earth needs me to do what honors it the most. 4 Even though I face the shadow of death, I will not fear it, for I return to the arms of Mother Nature. Being in harmony with the Earth and its ways protects me and guides my life, giving me comfort. 5 Even in view of those who dislike me, the Earth provides a banquet for me. It welcome me as an honored guest, filling up my cup to overflowing. 6 Surely the Earth’s beauty and bounty will be with me for the rest of my life, truly it is my one and only home.

Psalm 23 (King James Version)

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Reason’s Creed

Reason’s Creed

I believe in the Universe, the ground of all being, that created the stars and the Earth. I believe in Enlightened Reason, Nature’s gift, our only hope, that sprang forth from evolution, born from millennia of natural selection, suffered from religious persecution, was resisted, suppressed, and denied; almost lost in the dark ages, but during the Enlightenment returned; it is rising in world consciousness, it is the guiding light of the Universe, and will determine our future fate. I believe in science, the assembly of the rational, the family of all humans, the undoing of ecological damage, the returning of health to the planet, and the well-being of all living things. May it be so.

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

009 The Pros and Cons of Atheism

What are the pros and cons of atheism? Atheism is the lack of belief in a god or gods. It holds that there are no good reasons to think that God exists. Without rational justification, it is wrong to accept a claim. Atheists value science, evidence, and reason. But atheism answers only one question, should we believe in God. It offers to comprehensive worldview and therefore is not humanly satisfying. Humankind needs an overall perspective from which to see and interpret the world. Atheism does not offer that.

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