“If you wish to strive for peace of soul and happiness, then believe; if you wish to be a disciple of truth, then inquire.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Perhaps belief is something that usually comes from inquiry, but it has a “softness” about it. It still implies a hint of uncertainty or unprovability. If you’ve followed a robust line of inquiry, one should be able to say “I know… ” at the end of it. If you are not yet able to say “I know… ” Then you just need to keep after the inquiry. “Belief” feels like resignation or acceptance… like “Well, I’m never going to know this for sure, but I’ll settle for belief and be happy with that”.

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Who is Satan?

Should he be considered a hero like Prometheus?

I was reading an article on a Humanist website about the defiance of god, and in this article, satan was compared to Prometheus, a beloved character in Greek mythology. Prometheus was the one who dared to steal fire from the gods, and he was admired for his defiance. This concept of defiance as an act of heroism is extremely unusual, and does not manifest itself in any of the major religions today (that I know of).

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The Essence of Christianity

The divine trinity in man is the unity of reason, love, will. To will, to love, to think, are the highest powers, and the basis of mankind’s existence.

A friend of mine recommended a book that was influential in his path to atheism, The Essence of Christianity. This is a book that can be found for free in the public domain.

I pick it up and read it now and then, and leave some of my takeaways here. Continue reading “The Essence of Christianity”