Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

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02/01/2005: A Simple Plan: Update

Jon Rowe, a smart and scholarly lawyer who blogs at his own site made some more good points about how the the "refuting of the religious right" can seem like dealing with the mythical Sisyphus...how many times must we move that rock?

My eldest brother has lived in Idaho for some 25-30 years...and (of course) has become very right-wing religious during that time. We have similar Sisyphus conversations...that always devolve down to "but the Bible tells you to just come to God like a child comes...believe with simplicity." To which I (out of some respect refrain from LOL) respond that just because something (written by men...not God) says these things, doesn't mean I must abandon all my faculties of reason and thought. (Supposedly endowed within me from God...but which must now be denied to "truly believe"...Say what?)

That's why I like the notion I wrote about in these two pieces: A Simple Plan found at this link Simpleplan3.htm (6k file) about Wolfram's mathematica program and his book, "A New Kind Of Scince," and Science, Religion and Respect at this link SciRelRespect.htm (20k file).

If I were "writing the legal brief" I would say it "neither admits nor denies" of the existence of God or a divinity...yet it neither forces me to reject my own understanding of the world, science, physics, the universe...etc. and so it satisfies me (that while I claim to have any absolute TRUTHs (and I tend to think those who claim they DO are Dangerous or Fools or Both ) but it still admits of Faith if one so chooses...just maybe not a purely biblical Faith (as they teach it)...but some Faith.

Karen on 02.01.05 @ 08:10 AM CST

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