Ideas on Divinity and Proof

In the discussion forum of an Ecademy club called The Debating Society on the topic of belief and the holy bible, I've been debating about divinity and truth.  Here are my thoughts in response to some interesting statements.


"...when you look around us, when you see the Universe, when you watch the amazing good that many do and the day to day life there is on this Planet...without doubt there is a God, or...Supreme Being over all...existence."

To paraphrase arthur clarke's quote "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic", one could say "any sufficiently misunderstood phenomenon is indistinguishable from magic", where magic is understood to imply superstition and attributions to the divine. Thus If one looks about and ascribes the beauty of Nature and the Universe to having been created by some supreme being, then chances are they have not bothered to try to understand it. Which is to say that, in their myopic, dogmatic view of the world, they cannot (or will not) fathom how something came to be, rather they attribute its existence as an act of divine creation. And this isn't really the fault of the unenlightened. Both behavior and understanding have more to do with our early, familial conditioning. This can explain racism, white supremacy and other hate groups, political views, religious faith and poverty (someone born into poverty might tend to remain impoverished) as well as the capacity to empathize, to forgive and to bring good to the world for the sake of the world. I think as well that our unique genetic makeup influences how we are affected by our early childhood conditioning (e.g. a person born into a loving, nurturing family grows up to become a serial killer).

"As for empirical, scientific truth then I have to agree with you whilst disagreeing that you need that type of proof."

By disagreeing that one needs proof for something's existence before believing in its existence, we come back around to faith and dogmatic ignorance. This is not to say that belief without proof is necessarily bad. But belief in something without trying to prove or disprove it is. For instance, scientists' belief in or disbelief of einstein's general theory of relativity led them to try to prove or disprove it by making careful, scientific observations, which in the end proved his theory to be true.



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