In a recent post I explained why I as an atheist also have faith; and what that means to me as an individual. As is the case with much of what I write people tend to read only what they want to read and conveniently ignore the rest. In various emails, messages and comments it was made abundantly clear that most individuals are still incapable of stripping away the extraneous from that which matters in modern thought.
Faith as it is commonly defined is, “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” And yes, if you believe in science you have faith, just not religious trust in it. You have a zeal for facts, faith is that. I admit I do, I simply separate my faith in reality from others belief in fantasy or myth. Again, this is not meant to demean anyone or their particular object of faith. However, the truth is that when we use common definitions and actually read what is written within its context it is often, not, what we first believed it to be.
There is no reason if you are a believer to be upset with me, for what is a myth for me or as it is defined, “a traditional story, esp. one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.” Is for you truth, and as an individual things are as they should be. I will have faith in myself and you in your belief regardless name. Some of the comments and messages received alluded to the fact that these individuals who did not read the article are in fact agreeing with me. After all they claim to trust only facts and what is real. Their “faith” as it is commonly defined in this is unshakeable, and it is the word faith that they find most difficult to deal with.
I am sure I will be receiving a few dozen more wonderfully ignorant comments, emails and messages before this article fades away. However, if you know someone who has read it and been upset by it, remind them, read the entire post in context. It may keep them from burning up the keyboard with responses based in ignorance of what was really written.
Over the next couple of weeks there will be several new authors appearing and posting on the blog. Comment, share and above all give them feedback. It is a truly wonderful world we live in now, with so many who are becoming free with their minds the hope is that we will see real freedom physically as well. Promote the individual and remember something most important that so many statists would have you forget. Being an individual it is even more important to work with others so as to personally grow, survive and thrive. Promote and embrace your local communities, help others see the benefits that arise when individuals work together. Thank you for reading and have a great year!
Free the mind and the body will follow.
- I am an atheist and I have faith (jessetalksback.com)