Re: Agnosticism and the Fear of Atheism (was re: Vital Essence)

From: Robert Owen (
Date: Mon Jan 24 2000 - 13:48:35 MST

J R Molloy wrote:

> From: Robert Owen <>
> >[1] What is a "rational belief"? An example?
> A "rational belief" is an oxymoron. Consequently, only morons from the Occident
> can believe in them.

Certainly, but it occurs to me, J.R., that there is something very
peculiar about the human behavior of "believing in something", at
least among so-called "civilized occidentals". Excuse the personal
reference, but as nearly as I can tell I've never been able to
"believe" in anything, one way or the other. In fact, I doubt that
I even understand (can identify with, empathize with) the human
subjective state referenced by the sentence "I believe".

"Being engaged in thought" -- yes; but "being engaged in belief"?
What on earth does that mean? "I need quiet now because I'm
thinking." But -- "I need quiet now because I'm believing"!

I don't have time now to continue, but I'm inclined to think that
the word "belief" is a euphemism.


Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA

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