by Dilip Mantripragada
Faith —> Agnostic —> Atheistic —-> Total annihilation of god.
The views represented here are purely my views, my way of interpreting life. Now, my dear reader, if you are wondering what this is about, it is just my being skeptic on some worldly/earthly matters. Now worldly things I mean literally worldly, I even consider the concept of god and ghosts and other such things as worldly, nothing supernatural. I would like to emphasize to you that, I am not on a journey to prove the existence or rather non existence, of any supernatural being, frankly, neither you nor me know everything in this universe. I would rather take a scientific aspect than a baseless creationism/intelligent designer /religious views. These are purely my views. So if you do like these views or share some/all of these views, welcome to the bandwagon. If you think that you would be sinning yourself or offending your god, this is the point to stop reading and go back to your daily chores. If you would like to continue reading as a critic or a skeptic or as a religious cleric investigating me and my free thought, I suggest you read and consider it in a healthy perspective.
I can give you a nice example of you understanding my perspective. Consider a religion other than yours. There would be a number of beliefs in this religion that you would not follow or even sometimes consider silly. But for a person in this particular religion it is pretty serious shit. According to this other religion you might have already sinned and are doomed to hell for all eternity.
But thats not at all bothering you why? Because, you are not of that religion or care less about that religion and are really contempt with whatever your belief system(religion/faith) is. Now here, there is not much difference between you and me. Putting it simply, I feel the same assurance or contempt in not believing any religion at all. There is a small catch here but, I don’t like to call my atheistic/skeptic view a belief. I would like to call it free thought. I hope you got my point. Just think in your perspective that my religion is free thought, it will not bother you just like other religions wouldn’t.
Belief system!!! Yes thats what l think a religion is. Elaborated, a belief is just another synonym for a lie. A lie with which one tries to explain to himself or much worse, to others, when he cannot comprehend or get to the actual scientific/logical conclusion.
As a final note, this is a quote from a book I read recently read by Pascal Boyer an anthropologist/historian:
——Is religious belief a mere leap into irrationality as many skeptics assume? Psychology suggests that there may be more to belief than the suspension of reason. Religious beliefs and practices are found in all human groups and go back to the very beginnings of human culture. What makes religion so ‘natural’? Here I want to discuss one particular view of religion, popular among skeptics, that I call the “sleep of reason” interpretation. According to this view, people have religious beliefs because they fail to reason properly. If only they grounded their reasoning in sound logic or rational order, they would not have supernatural beliefs, including superstitions and religion. I think this view is misguided, for several reasons; because it assumes a dramatic difference between religious and commonsense ordinary thinking, where there isn’t one; because it suggests that belief is a matter of deliberate weighing of evidence, which is generally not the case; because it implies that religious concepts could be eliminated by mere argument, which is implausible; and most importantly because it obscures the real reasons why religion is so extraordinarily widespread in human cultures.
– Boyer, Pascal (2004). Why Is Religion Natural? Skeptical Inquirer Magazine, March 2004.