The Deniance of Science and the Cheer of Beer

24 01 2013

by Jo

Now that I have established I do believe in God, I want to hit on a few reasons why I find myself in such a conflicted state regarding my religion.

 

So one of the more interesting topics that conflicts with my Catholic roots is Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. I am a firm believer. How could you not believe in evolution?

It boggles my mind when people deny the evidence. I was given a large background on this topic in high school. I bought On the Origin of Species when I was 15 years old.

How can one refute what is proven with science; genetic mutation, natural selection, genetic drift, common ancestry? The Bible conflicts with the history of the coming of man. I cannot take it literally.

So that is why I like the above cartoon. God did not create man and earth in the same week. God may have created evolution, but for me, that is pretty out there.

 

Next:

 

Drinking. One of my favorite pastimes since turning 21. It is clearly a sin according to the bible: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit”.

This conflicts with my given Catholic faith because I do like to have a cold one, ok, several…every now and then.

I haven’t attended church for some time now. And I know that if my church community cared to hear about my liking for beer, they would be very much against it.

So these are a couple things that make me conflicted. There have to be more people like me out there, and that is what this site is about.

You can also read Andrea’s thoughts on this topic while we both go and grab a tall one! Cheers.

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Pascal’s Wager

22 01 2013

by Jo

Pascal's Wager

I can easily say my religious belief system could be thought of in the same light as Pascal’s wager.

Why do I believe in God? Because it is better to believe in God and gain everlasting life than to not believe in God and lose everything.

It is simple really. The brilliant French philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote about his “wager” in a work called Pensées. It truly will make you think.

Believing in God is a coin toss. There is equal chance of gaining two lifetimes of happiness (for believers) and gaining nothing (for non-believers).

“If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.”

So, I go on, believing in God through my own eyes. My Catholic faith and I disagree on many levels, but while growing up, it has given me a place to start.

I believe in God, yes. I do because I believe there is more to life than what I can clearly see. But I do not go around quoting the Bible, and it makes me a little crazy when people take the book’s meaning as literal.

So I wager with reason, as Pascal would, because this is what my comprehensive and meticulous education has taught me to do.

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