I don't believe in ANY of the world's religions. In that sense, I'm an atheist. Do I believe there's an "intelligence" behind the Cosmos? I simply don't know. So, in that sense, I guess that would make me an agnostic. And what I view as "intelligence" may not be applicable to the reality that exists out there. I'm a lowly human, after all. Do my views REALLY matter, in the grand scheme of things?
I'm readily willing to admit that I don't have the answers to everything, and IMHO, I think that's the smartest way to look at these mysteries. I can understand why there are those who might think there is a "logic" to how things work in Nature, therefore meaning a "supreme being" is behind all this; when you look at how plants work, when you see how animals seem to fit in differing environments around the world, and so on and so forth. But that idea of "logic" in nature falls flat when you look at humans. The examples that show the illogic of humanity are far too vast to discuss here.
I see myself as on a journey of trying to understand. I also am a very analytical person, and I force myself every day to face hard reality. What I want to believe doesn't matter; all that matters is the REALITY that exists out there. I don't care that millions of people subscribe to a certain belief system. As someone once said, "If two million people do a foolish thing, it's still a foolish thing."
We look back at the ancient Egyptians, their pyramids, and their gods as strange curiosities. Yet, I wouldn't be surprised that thousands of years later-assuming humanity is still around-that people will look back at places like the Basilica in Rome, churches, mosques, Bhuddist temples and the like as strange curiosities.
To quote a line from a Rush song:
Why are we here? Because we are here. Roll the bones.
Edited by Digital Man, 03 April 2005 - 01:50 PM.