Worthy cause of the day: “When will it end?”
Relevant to Divine Misconceptions: These days in the United States, there is a commonly voiced view that religion is based on “faith”—specifically blind faith, which is belief without resort to reasoning and evidence. The more I learn, the more I find this view is wrong. Historically it is impossible to claim that the major Western religions have held that one should blindly believe in the existence of the One God. After all, if blind faith is such a great thing, why have so many invested time and effort into creating proofs of the existence of God? Why would anyone have bothered to try to bolster their beliefs with reasoning and evidence? This has been going on since at least as far back as Aristotle. Regardless of whether one agrees with the proofs or not, this is not the way of people who hold by blind faith.
Today’s news and commentary:
- “The Enemy of My Enemy”
- “Fact or Fiction?: Elephants Never Forget”
- “Where the buffalo roam, so may brucellosis”
- “U.S. Flunks on Tobacco Control Report Card”: As I keep saying, tobacco ought to be outright banned. There is no point in leaving it legal, given any benefits that might be gained from permitting it are greatly outweighed by the fact that it ruins people’s health, kills people, and is a pointless drain on our health care system. Note that we already regulate other potentially dangerous substances.