Saturday, March 9, 2013

Faith and the Unknown

I find it extraordinary how god-believers use the absence of knowledge as an explanation for the presence of something.  All god arguments are eventually reduced to this principle - since we have no factual explanation, only the existence of a god can be the answer.  It is far more logical to conclude that what is unexplainable today may be explainable tomorrow.  If one uses well-documented history, one must accept this conclusion.  I won't even attempt to argue how far science has already brought us in the understanding of who we are, where we came from, and the universe in which we exist. 

Sure, we do not have all the answers - but what we should really be saying is that "we do not have all the answers yet." One can never logically conclude that the final explanation, for a lack of understanding, is a god - unless, of course, the term god is defined as the repository for what is presently unknown, but may very well be explained at some future time.  It would then follow that this repository is ever-modified, of course, as the knowns and unknowns change.

Faith (or god), some maintain, is necessary to "explain" human emotion and morality.  How else to understand the poetry of a flower, the exhilaration of love, or the human drive to "do the right thing."

Faith can explain nothing.

Faith is believing in something blindly - "blind faith" is a well accepted and, I should add, accurate term.  It is a "fall-back" position.  The fact that science has yet to completely understand the synapses and cells and transmitters and genes involved in certain emotive cerebral processes cannot mean that they do not exist!  In fact, logic demands that one must consider that they do exist and will, one day, be fully understood.  

Historically humans have always used god or faith to explain the unknown.  When we grow to doubt our faith or god-belief, it has been suggested we pay attention to the innocent faith expressed by children - that is how and where our faith may be restored.  Just remember that the vulnerable, innocent child may well believe that the moon is made of cheese.

One cannot logically conclude that what can't be explained is, in fact, explained by faith and god.  There is no answer to what is unknown - that is why it remains unknown!  

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