17th July 2013

“Belief is the uncritical acceptance of something you can't prove.”

Hans Holzer1920 – 2009

4 Responses to “17th July 2013”

  1. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    It is very often also the acceptance of the unproven without even the slightest interrest of proof.

    This is what makes religios dangerous. When you blindly accept one thing you create the space for blindly accepting another.

    If you believe in God you can also believe that he is telling you to chop your babies arms off for him, or shoot a certain musician or political leader, et cetera.

  2. Jeff Says:

    Actually, it doesn’t matter whether or not the acceptance of things unproved is critical acceptance or not. In that sense, as has been stated before, we are all agnostics, not truly atheists. The folks around here, whether we are using a “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard, as many of us do, or a “preponderance of the evidence” standard, as I have adopted, know that either end of the spectrum is really only a provisional stand, awaiting further evidence to the contrary. The real problem that we have with the religious is their ability to ignore the doubt.

  3. D Says:

    Religious belief often goes well beyond mere acceptance becoming an unjustifiable conviction as it is held unquestioned and often unquestionable.

    Bertrand Russell makes this distinction when he wrote:
    “It is not what the man of science believes that distinguishes him, but how and why he believes it. His beliefs are tentative, not dogmatic; they are based on evidence, not on authority or intuition.”

    William K. Clifford’s opinions on belief in his 1877 essay “Ethics of Belief” are worth reviewing.
    http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/w_k_clifford/ethics_of_belief.html

  4. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    “Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social enviroment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions.”
    (Essay to Leo Baeck, 1953)”
    ? Albert Einstein

    “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wise people so full of doubts.”
    ?Bertrand Russell

    “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
    ? Carl Sagan

    Truely an atheist is like Pi we can round off 3.14159265359…… to 3.14 for practical purposes.

    Agnosticism is more like flipping a coin; 50/50