About this site

January 25th, 2008

This site is an attempt to move the God-debate forward among philosophically inclined agnostic and atheist “laymen”, forward past the discussion of the validity or invalidity of religious scripture and dogma. Our “clergy” would be the community of logicians, scientists, mathematicians, and philosophers who approach philosophical problems in as logical a manner as they can, as logically as is possible for mere humans.

I’ve learned through numerous debates that just as there are different denominations in Christianity, there are different factions among atheists (agnostics are a bit more civil with each other). Some people are default atheists because of indifference. Another group thinks only in scientific terms and is openly hostile toward philosophical debates as if such activity is an offense to their “faith”. Some atheists hold metaphysical beliefs such as the Buddhists who believe in reincarnation but not God. Some are highly versed in the bizarre implications of modern science, particularly quantum mechanics, and tend more toward agnosticism than atheism–though to the average man-on-the-street, they would seem, for all practical and divine purposes, simple atheists. Some just hate religion and are rooting for the other team.

I would call myself a semantic atheist. That is, I believe that our language and our thoughts are not sophisticated enough to even crudely approximate the true nature of the universe. I’m an atheist in the sense that I do not believe that any definition of God offered so far is even close to accurate, so if you say to me “God is ______________”, and ask me “Do you believe that God (as so defined) exists?” I would have to say “No” but it is more of an expression of my belief in the inadequacy of human expression than in my disbelief in God, whatever He, She, or It may be.

Let’s discuss.


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