Drix D'Zanth Posted May 12, 2008 Share Posted May 12, 2008 Hello! It?s been a while since I?ve thought of starting up a post. I?ve taken some time away from OB doing a bit of research before starting up medical school (I ended up deferring from med school to get pre-reqs so I can end up with an MD/PhD). I guess that explains the absence. However, I?m hoping to show my face around this place a bit more? I?m sure few of you know who I am. I thought I?d start with an interesting topic: Faith and Reason. Let me preface this by saying I?ve done my research. I realize that only a few months ago there was already a similar discussion about God, Inconsistencies in the Bible, etc. (It?s disappointing to see that these threads lacked steam) So I?m justifying the existence of this thread with some very specific questions and? with some luck? we might use this as a launching point for a more formal debate on a later date. My story has been a bit of a change over the last few years? I used to be a fairly rational believer in Jesus. I read plenty of apologetic literature (McDowell, Strobel, etc) when debating close friends in little ?Socrates cafes? while I was growing up. Later, evolution became a topic of interest and I spent a lot of time trying to support ?intelligent design creationism? which essentially boiled down to arguing enough holes in evolutionary theory to sit my version of God in. Fast forward a few years to college. I start reading a few basic criticisms and finally read the bible the whole way through. This is more discouraging than not. I start going to more advanced courses in biology and realize my entire position on intelligent design was in serious error. I take a moment to read authors like Lewis and Collins to try to rescue me from my doubt, but reasonable arguments begin to creep in. I decide to entertain some of my questions about God and the opposing arguments. I read Dawkins, Harris, Dennet, Pascal Boyer, PZ Meyers, and other critics of faith. After a great deal of frustration and fear of recourse, I choose to recognize my state of disbelief and exist publicly comfortable with my atheism. Now, I?m interested in other people?s journeys. I?m curious to see how people tackle the big questions (those that do). I know that, if OB hasn?t changed too much, we?ll have some bright minds willing to use these questions to frame their replies: 1. If you believe in God, why do [i]you[/i] believe? 2. Why do you think [i]others[/i] believe in God? 3. The most popular conflict between faith and reason is usually on the evolution/creationism controversy. What?s your take on the issue? Can science be compatible with belief? Do you accept evolutionary theory? 4. What do you think are the most compelling arguments to [i]not[/i] believe in God? Or, what do you think are the greatest challenges to peoples? faith. [i]for instance; some people think the existence of evil, in light of an all-powerful, all-good God, is a tough question that theologians don?t have a clear answer to and may lead people to non-belief[/i] 5. Do you think there is such thing as ?reasonable faith?? Or, do you think they are in conflict? 6. Lastly, if you believe in God. What evidence do you have in favor of your belief? Let?s start off with these. I?m interested in your replies? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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