Ways of Being

Suicide and Hope Is it possible that a person who commits suicide was actually a Christian? I think so. The event of taking one’s own life is usually fast and always irrevocable. Yes it’s something they do to themselves, but does that single volitional act always negate the beliefs of a lifetime that went before? It’s […]

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Belief in Unbelief

The Privative Thesis Christopher Hitchens wrote of atheism that “our belief is unbelief.”  A.C. Grayling wrote that atheism was merely a “privative thesis,” by which he meant that it is nothing more than the subtraction of supernatural reality from one’s conception of all of reality.  This is a common point of view:  belief in “nothing.” But […]

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Gnosis and Knowing

In Agnosticism, and Not Knowing, we delved into a peculiarity of thinking among many who profess to be neutral on the God question. The very word “agnostic” implies the absence of a special knowing—a “gnosis.” That special knowing is something different than merely being persuaded by evidence. It means subjective, intuitive, experience of truth. A […]

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Agnosticism and Belief in Nothing

Physics If we begin to think of “nothing” as being, really, some sort of something, then we can convince ourselves that all of material reality came into being spontaneously.  How?  If the nothingness before material reality was really a kind-of-sort-of something, then the present universe could be only the result of a physical phase transition.  […]

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