Sunday, September 15, 2013

"You have to believe in something"

The Carolinas Secular Conference is an annual event of the growing secular movement in North Carolina. This year's conference theme is "coming out," and we'll be in Charlotte from October 4th - 6th. I will be available throughout the conference and speaking briefly about MetrolinaRfR (at 11 am on Saturday) as part of the Opening Plenary Session. This is the fourth in a series of posts about my own disbelief and experiences "coming out."

This one comes up from time to time. And it's so boring...
"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite."
 - Bertrand Russell

Unless I am acting on my intuitions, which are often wrong, I start with doubt and then try to reason or investigate what is actually true. Faith, or belief, in the absence of any evidence or good reasons for believing something actually gets in the way of finding out! Authority, tradition, and revelation are not how we sent men to the moon!

And no: Reason and evidence, or science, isn't based on faith...




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