I took one of those online tests the other day. It told me that of all the major world religions I fit best into three. The top two are not actually religions, but what can you do?
I scored 95% agnostic, 90% atheist, and 85% Buddhist. I think this is an accurate measurement of how I look at the world. I thought that today I would lay out a brief description of what I believe.
First, I believe that our understanding of the universe is far to limited to make any 100% positive statements about it’s total nature or origins. Maybe everything is here because of some unintelligent physical process (read big bang). Maybe a being of some kind made what we see as the universe. Maybe a being of some kind used an unintelligent physical process to create everything. Or maybe it was something else that is so far beyond our over-clocked monkey minds we can not even think about dreaming about hoping to understand it. Who can tell? What is the point of wild guesses based on assumptions?
Secondly, I believe that if a being of some kind did make the universe, we haven’t seen it yet or if we have we have yet to grok it.
It would seem to me that if there was a all loving, all powerful, all knowing, perfect being out there, it would not care what we thought of it or care if we thought of it. It would not need our praise and devotion either… Think about it.
Thirdly, I believe that everything in the universe can be described with mathematics. Everything from Trees to houses to sea turtles to galaxies to love. Everything. I also believe that we are not yet capable of such mathematics… Our brains are to slow. But someday if we don’t blow ourselves up first, we might get there.
Fourthly, I believe that the scientific method is the best thing we have come up with yet. It have advanced our understanding of just about everything from the cosmos to biological processes.
Fifthly, I believe that logic is not the end point of human thought. There must be something else beyond logic as we know it because there are places where logic breaks down. Men have gone mad at the edge of logical understanding. Also, logic can be used to prove or disprove just about anything. Witch is one of the reasons things never get resolved.
Sixthly, I believe that there is a understanding before thought that is hard to find and impossible to explain. Because there is a thing and there is our thoughts about that thing. The two are rarely the same.
I am sure there is more that I can’t think of right now, so if I think of anything else I will add it to the comments or something. If there are any questions, PLEASE feel free to ask. 🙂