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On religion…

October 11, 2009

Somewhere on the internet:

Why won’t a religious person ever give me a rational reason for their belief?

This is an example of an absurd question. It is, in other words:

Why isn’t belief based on rationality?

The problem the questioner has is that they believe that all things should be rational. That is, it isn’t good to have an irrational thought, or things that are irrational are bad.

Note, carefully, the language I am using above: “Believe”, “good”, “bad”. These are not logical words.

Logic itself is based on non-logic. The very fundamental rule of logic—what is, is not what is not—is an assumption. Logic is filled with these kinds of things, things that say, “There is no foundation for what I am claiming here, but please don’t let that stop you from examining the remainder of my arguments.”

If you trust them as being true and descriptive of the way things really are, then you are doing what believers do every day and every moment. You are participating in a ritual we call “belief”. Follow that belief, and change your behavior based on it, and you are exercising “faith”.

Scientists are the biggest believers of all. They believe these two fundamental things:

  1. That logic is, well, logical.
  2. That the universe is logical.

These are very queer beliefs. That vast majority alive today, and the vast majority of people ever on this earth, never believed such things. Heck, even the best scientists have their moments when they’ll put their trust in illogic or ponder the contradictions seen in nature.

Why is the universe logical? Why is logic so logical as well?

The answer for these things cannot be logical, nor can it be something within this universe. That is a logical fallacy we call, “begging the question.”

Begging the question works something like this:

  1. Sam is a human.
  2. (something unrelated.)
  3. Therefore, Sam is human.

So you can’t use anything within this universe to explain the logic of the universe. Nor can you use logic to explain why logic is logical.

So what does that leave?

The supernatural, illogical forces that exist beyond and before reason. In other words, God.

Quite simple, really.