I see that some of my philosophy posts are attracting attention from religious bloggers. I’m pleased that you guys like them, and I don’t mean to be off-putting. Originally, I wasn’t even going to bring my specific personal beliefs into my posts, instead talking about them in a more general way. But I think I should probably clarify.
I’m an atheist.
Technically an agnostic, I suppose. Agnostics get a lot of flak for being wishy-washy, but I think I am one because I won’t stand up and say that I know everything about the universe. If and when I am confronted with irrefutable evidence of a deity, I will obviously accept its presence, and I accept the remote possibility that everything I know and believe is a falsehood. But I choose to live like an atheist, that being the path that lends itself the best (in my personal worldview and experience) to responsible and ethical behavior toward all people and living a full life without regret.
I don’t have anything against religion, persay, other than the normal reactions of confusion when presented with unthinking hatred/blind following/people using religion as a justification for why homosexual marriage and recreational drug use should be prohibited. Which is to say, I’m also a liberal who believes that live and let live is the best approach; as long as you’re not physically hurting anyone else or stopping them from living a full life/exercising their natural rights to food, shelter, companionship, self-determination and so on, then I don’t care what or who you do or don’t do in your spare time.
And I know that the unthinking hatred/blind following/intolerance is a huge problem within the religious community, but is not representative of most religious people. Fine and good. I am still not personally religious.
All that being said, anyone who wants to follow my blog is completely welcome. I just wanted to be clear about my personal beliefs to avoid confusion.