Tuesday, October 16, 2007

QQ #2 - Rejection of the gods

Human nature indicates that we typically adopt the cultural, political, religious memes that dominate our home base. This leads to the rejection of other’s ideals, sometimes with a serious process of elimination, but generally -- without inspection. Imagine growing up in places such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Israel, China, Salt Lake City --- your path to Jesus, Yahweh, Allah, Ba'al, Wotan, Zeus, Waheguru, Vince Young, Budda or Lord Krishna would be entirely different.

With thousands of available gods to pick from, what PROCESS led you to dismiss all of these other gods (in particular, the major religions) --- and, consequently, directed you to the path of your one ‘true god’?


Skeptigator said...

I was born and raised in an Evangelical Christian home smack dab in the middle of the Bible Belt (Indiana). That's where I came from.

I spent most of my childhood like everyone else and simply accept the truth of the Bible and Christ's resurrection. Other gods were false gods, period.

It wasn't until my early 20's when in the process of understanding how to debate politics I decided to understand logic (and logical fallacies). Simply in the process of debating politics and quite frankly the non-religious faith-based nature of some political philosophies that the idea of applying reason and logic to religions was equally valid. I had essentially rejected all religion at that point (after actually studying others including seriously contemplating Islam).

For many reasons I simply was "nothing", not anti-theist or even necessarily "for" anything (humanism, for example).

About 3 years ago I was making a point to read some "classics" instead of my typical sci-fi and came across some Carl Sagan writings and was intrigued. I read The Origin of Species found evolution through natural selection to be quite different than what I was taught in my Christian School education. I soon stumbled on skepticism and the scientific worldview.

Not sure this is what you are looking for but I thought I would contribute.

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Stacy said...

Hey there, thanks so much for giving your insight!

Your comment about learing to understand logic and debate reminded me of when I learned the same thing (logical fallacies). I took a Critical Thinking Class a few years ago, which if you read my other blog (linked in the side bar) is about the time I started wandering off into head-thoughts, away from heart-thoughts.

I have briefly studied/read up on other religions, and have found (you may agree) that the more you know about other religions, the more they all sound the same. So, to me, the rejection of all gods is the only logical path.

Jared said...

Hmmm. not many comments here. I probably knew the answer to this one anyway.

Dixie said...

I'll answer this one... I'll be 55-years old in 3-weeks... and I'm still trying to figure it out. I still don't know, and probably never will... but then that gets back to the age old question... which is more important... the journey or the destination? Right now, I'm still on the journey.