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28 May 2006

Reflections on Faith and Reason

"Faith is nothing but a firm assent of the mind: which, if it be regulated, as is our duty, cannot be afforded to anything but upon good reason; and so cannot be opposite to it. He that believes without having any reason for believing, may be in love with his own fancies; but neither seeks truth as he ought, nor pays the obedience due to his maker...." (Bk. 4:27:24) =John Locke (from The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

"Faith is an island in the setting sun. Truth is the bottom line for everyone."

=Paul Simon

What do I have faith in? Good judgement informs faith. Judgement is proven good or bad based on outcome. Superior results come from superior reason. I have faith in good judgement.

Faith, that which is not knowable, must obey reason. Faith is inferior, by any measure of certainty, to any knowable fact. Faith cannot be known, it can only be cultivated. Faith should avoid flights of fancy. Faith and Fantasy are dangerous bedfellows. Faith in desire is a recipe for disaster.

Om namah shivaya swadharma namahah

(O Lord, please alter my ways to follow a path of righteousness)

Om namah shivaya swashraddha namahah

(O Lord, please re-create my personal faith along the path of righteousness)

=Dr. G. Love


At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Kim said...

If faith must be "upon good reason", what happens to all the fantasy beliefs so many people have? :-)

At 1:35 AM, Blogger Dr. Gravity Love said...

Let everyone believe in their own fantasy, their own personal myth.

The problems start when person A feels it necessary to make others believe in person A's personal myth. Person B believes. Person C doesn't believe, because he heard D's version based on D's revelation from God, and he likes that one better. Since there cannot be two "one and only" 's, the dispute is resolved through annihilation. And so it goes...

Life is full of revelation, which is available in every moment. The universe creates continually.

IMO- Each individual has her or his own personal myth to believe in. This personal myth is colored by the
revelations they experience. Preaching one's personal revelations to another human being, is like eating at a fine restaurant and describing the meal to a hungry pauper. The hungry pauper enjoys the fantasy, but will never get to be the experiencer.

BTW- Speaking of fantasy, Holland sounds like a pretty nice place! :-D

At 12:17 AM, Blogger Kim said...

Yes, I liked Holland a lot. The people are soooooo sane! But their food is bland and greasy -- and even the Chinese food was adjusted toward the bland and greasy to appeal to local tastes. The French restaurant we went to in Amsterdam was great, and we went to Sweden for an afternoon and the Swedish Meatball we had was spectacular (yes, singular. it was one big meatball.) All this was some years ago -- I think it was 1990/91 (it was over New Years)


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