I’ve had recent comments on my post titled, “What Good Is a God?”
in which the idea of “faith” was brought up in the same discussion but as an opposite to atheism. It reminded me of a very good post I read last August at Steph’s Blog, titled, “Atheism is a Faith Based Belief System“. The author’s logic is flawless and her premise sound. It’s an excellent read. I encourage you to go there and read the post in it’s entirety. Don’t stop there, read the comments as well as her very clear and logical rebuttals. Atheism and faith based religions actually do have something in common, much to many an atheist’s chagrin.
But that is not all I wanted to say about this post on Steph’s blog. In her post she also quotes Pascal saying, “The heart has its reasons which reason does not know”. It is this statement that has stuck with me in the months following my first reading of her blog back in August.
In the end, after all the arguing and haranguing about religions, gods, and the validity, intelligence and proof of the same is done, who has moved one step further from their position toward a different view? I mean, maybe it happens, but I doubt it happens often enough to be considerable and certainly not often enough to make the discussions themselves worth the energy, effort and fury that often accompany them. In the end, we all make our choices, for our own reasons. Some of our reasons make sense to us and some of our reasons most definitely do not. In these instances, “The heart has its reasons which reason does not know” and we can neither deny it or change it, if that is our conviction. The arguments, while helpful in clarifying our perspectives, are mostly useless in changing them it seems.
In the end, as much as my religious perspectives make sense to me…and as much as I believe I have valid reasons for believing what I do…the most honest statement I can make about why I believe what I believe is that ““The heart has its reasons which reason does not know”. I cannot irrefutably prove any of it…and it would be futile to attempt such a foolish feat. And, I’d be shot down in intellectual circles for even attempting it. I know this, and I am okay with it. It doesn’t change what I believe about the existence or absence of a God. I’ve worked through why I believe what I believe ad nauseum in my younger years. I revisit things periodically and so far, nothing’s changed for me in spite of the many arguments and perspectives I’ve heard and considered over the years.
And, what exactly is it that I believe, you may wonder.
Keep wondering…at least for a time. That is the topic of a future post.