Holy Moly (Was Re: inspirational jingles for young people)

From: Zero Powers (zero_powers@hotmail.com)
Date: Mon Apr 24 2000 - 21:40:10 MDT

>From: Spike Jones <spike66@ibm.net>
> > Zero Powers: Curious, what was it that freed you from your
> > belief?
>I took my college girlfriend to a physics seminar featuring Carl Sagan's
>Cosmos, because she thought Sagan was the most gorgeous man on
>two feet. That changed both our lives: she soon threw me back
>for another guy who looked more like Sagan, and I was led to study
>Steven Jay Gould, which led to Douglas Hofstadter's Escher Godel Bach,
>which led me to realize that my religion and all religions I know of are
>self referential systems, unverifiable. Changed my major from theology
>to engineering. Atheists make poor ministers.

Funny. I came to it from quite the opposite path. I was looking for
"rational" evidence to support my belief when what I found had the opposite
effect. I started reading stuff by the Jesus Seminar, notably _Honest to
Jesus_, which was an attempt to ferret out what might be left of the
"historical" Jesus buried under 2000 years of ecclesiastical, political, and
sociological mythological build up. The Jesus I discovered there had little
resemblance to the guy I was hearing about in church every Sunday.


That started me on the slippery slope to stuff like _The Varieties of
Religious Experience_ by William James, then to more scientific stuff.
Before long I found that what was left of my "religion" had completely
evaporated, all except for my love for my fellow man and awe at creation.


"I like dreams of the future better than the history of the past"
--Thomas Jefferson
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