Question with Boldness: Thoughts on Belief

“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.” — Thomas Jefferson What do I believe? I find it a bit odd when people say that atheists believe in nothing. To be human is to hold beliefs, for better or worse.  I am giving some thought to the things that I believe. I can’t say that I know that all of these things are true, or that I can prove them to be true, but they seem true to me. I believe that people are basically good. That when they are freed from fear, want, and desperation people will usually do the right thing. I believe that the natural word provides enough mystery and wonder to make the notion of supernatural miracles just seem silly and wrong. I believe that the best guides to the truth are science and philosophy working in cooperation with one another. Science provides the facts, and philosophy makes the facts meaningful. I believe that the best guide to morality is reason guided by empathy. I believe that all gods in all religions were invented by human minds, and that the supernatural claims of all religions are false. When I was a Christian teenager, when my doubts about the religious tenants that I had been taught would rise to the surface, I...

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