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The "argument" from incredulity
« on: May 20, 2018, 09:51:49 PM »
How do you talk to someone who just says that the existence of God, life after death, religion in general just seems false to them on an intuitive level? Any thoughts?

I feel that way myself sometimes, to be honest. I just get that sense in my gut that if I died, that would be the end. I'm also sometimes terrified of the idea that before my brain completely shut off forever, I would have some final moment of humiliating realization, "there is no God, is there? I guess I was wro...." and that would be it. I know it's irrational, but still.

Does anybody else ever feel that way? I suppose skeptic ex-minister Dan Barker would respond that "the best way to deal with doubt is to just give in to it," but that seems as much of a cop out as does believing based solely on intuition. I don't know. Part of the issue is that my life is so lackluster right now and my future seems so bleak that I kind of want to die just to get it all over with and find out for certain (No I'm not going to kill myself, don't worry. I'm too afraid of the possibility of Hell and of abandoning my parents).
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Re: The "argument" from incredulity
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2018, 10:36:49 PM »
The Orthodox faith is a living faith, so the best remedy is Liturgy. Even outside Liturgy, other vivid expressions of our faith such as the mysteries of Holy Scripture, the wisdom of the Fathers, homilies, prayer, general aesthetics, these things that help people catch a glimpse of the faith, are more effective than long syllogisms. Not that our faith isn't rational, but "reason" (at least in the common concept of the word) isn't how one achieves unity with God, this kind of reason is subsidiary.

About your feeling of deadliness, we have a saying: "an empty mind is the devil's office". The worst period of my life had nothing to do with most of the common things that make teenagers suffer (parents' divorce, death in the family, substances, etc). It had a bit to do with girls, but the real deal was: I was too bored. Part-time job two days a week, university on strike, friends busy, so I basically sat in my room for five months. Maybe your bad feelings evapourate as soon as you're busy, and so I hope... Prayers.
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Re: The "argument" from incredulity
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2018, 10:45:24 PM »
I would say. Try and Enjoy your life. Life is truly a gift and if you aren't happy maybe there are little things you can do to change that.  Everybody thinks about death. Sometimes daliy.  Dieing just to findout the truth because you want empirical evidence.  Tells me you have a fascination with naturalism. It could be slight COD.
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Re: The "argument" from incredulity
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2018, 11:13:39 PM »
I’m far too skeptical to embrace my doubts.

Take it from a cripple who rarely gets out of the house. There’s always something worth living for.

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Re: The "argument" from incredulity
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2018, 08:59:45 PM »
The Orthodox faith is a living faith, so the best remedy is Liturgy. Even outside Liturgy, other vivid expressions of our faith such as the mysteries of Holy Scripture, the wisdom of the Fathers, homilies, prayer, general aesthetics, these things that help people catch a glimpse of the faith, are more effective than long syllogisms. Not that our faith isn't rational, but "reason" (at least in the common concept of the word) isn't how one achieves unity with God, this kind of reason is subsidiary.

About your feeling of deadliness, we have a saying: "an empty mind is the devil's office". The worst period of my life had nothing to do with most of the common things that make teenagers suffer (parents' divorce, death in the family, substances, etc). It had a bit to do with girls, but the real deal was: I was too bored. Part-time job two days a week, university on strike, friends busy, so I basically sat in my room for five months. Maybe your bad feelings evapourate as soon as you're busy, and so I hope... Prayers.

Yeah, I could believe that that would help. There's a reason I have that Reliant K quote in my signature lol.


Thanks for the advice and prayers, folks. I'm sorry if I frightened anyone.
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Re: The "argument" from incredulity
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2018, 05:37:07 PM »
How do you talk to someone who just says that the existence of God, life after death, religion in general just seems false to them on an intuitive level? Any thoughts?

Seemings aren't good justifiers for beliefs.  That's why you shouldn't believe in a god or the after life because it seems to be the case.  That's arational.

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Re: The "argument" from incredulity
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2018, 05:52:52 PM »
Seemings aren't good justifiers for beliefs.
Yes they are, silly, by definition of belief.
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Re: The "argument" from incredulity
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2018, 06:33:31 PM »
How do you talk to someone who just says that the existence of God, life after death, religion in general just seems false to them on an intuitive level? Any thoughts?

Seemings aren't good justifiers for beliefs.  That's why you shouldn't believe in a god or the after life because it seems to be the case.  That's arational.

I agree. But they can be a good indicator from which directions you should lean. Of course, I suppose the seemings go different ways for different people so it balances out.
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Re: The "argument" from incredulity
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2018, 06:39:36 PM »
Seemings get a lot of people killed.
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Re: The "argument" from incredulity
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2018, 06:47:55 PM »
Seemings get a lot of people killed.

I can see that. But at the same time, without seemings-without our senses declining us in one direction or another- we'd never do anything at all.

I guess the thing that really confuses me is what to do when the evidence you can perceive clashes with your intuitions. Ignoring them seems to be the best course, I agree, but that's also kind of a tough way to live.
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Re: The "argument" from incredulity
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2018, 07:06:05 PM »
I’m far too skeptical to embrace my doubts.

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Re: The "argument" from incredulity
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2018, 07:39:31 PM »
Yeah I know the feeling. Though seemings are what guide everyone in everything they do--whether the 'rational' justifications are influential (though never decisive) beforehand, or (as in 99% of cases) are tacked on afterwards.
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Re: The "argument" from incredulity
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2018, 07:47:29 PM »
Yeah I know the feeling. Though seemings are what guide everyone in everything they do--whether the 'rational' justifications are influential (though never decisive) beforehand, or (as in 99% of cases) are tacked on afterwards.

Another issue is that I can tell that my intuitions are influenced to a large extent by my desires- both sexual and the desire to not have as much tension and angst when it comes to certain social stances.
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