The wisdom of Erick

Today begins with the wisdom of Erick.

I once heard someone state that all reasoning, at their most elemental, are based on faith.

In cosmology, for example, if you agree with Dr. Stephen Hawking that you don’t need God to create a universe, you must have faith that gravity can do the job.  Faith, because gravity creating a universe has not been observed and up to now is impossible to observe (in the scientific sense of observe).

Why then would belief in a God attested to by human experience and historical record (as Catholics believe Jesus to be) be less of a rational belief than others?

Don’t you see?  If all beliefs are based on faith then they’re all equally likely to be true!  Therefore if you believe that kittens exist, it also makes sense to believe that a Canaanite Jew rose from the dead!

And the existence of god is attested to by historical record?  Where?

As for human experience, that has only shown us that humans can believe some pretty wonky things in complete error.  Even a Catholic must believe this since, for their faith to be right, literally every other human to have ever believed in god (almost every person throughout history) must be wrong.  They must either be lying, deluded, or crazy.

Because it’s obvious that, at the very minimum, almost every theist throughout history couldn’t be right, is it so strange to think every theist is either lying, deluded, or crazy?  Not only because the starting probability of somebody having an erroneous belief in god is so high, but because they’ve had thousands of years to come up with a good reason to justify god’s existence and they still, every time, rely on shit reasons (like the false equivalence of beliefs bullshit Erick tried to pull).

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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