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by Veritas Aequitas
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Contract/Covenant With God
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Re: The Contract/Covenant With God

What are your views on this I do not believe in a god... but if I did, it would seem ridiculous (to me) to think of having a contract with that all-powerful, all-knowing god of all creation. Can you really fathom how expansive that would be beyond human constructs? It seems that your concept of god...
by Veritas Aequitas
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Contract/Covenant With God
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Re: The Contract/Covenant With God

If God changes the terms of the contract, then the believer has to accept the changes by entering into a new or revised contract and the old contract is null and void. Any all-powerful-moral God would not change the terms of the existing contract agreed upon. Btw, do you agree a true believe must e...
by Veritas Aequitas
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Contract/Covenant With God
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Re: The Contract/Covenant With God

If there is a 'contract'/covenant then there must be agreed terms to the contract to be observed by both parties and neither party can change the terms of the contract unless both explicitly agree to the changes. If God changes the terms of the contract, how do you know... and how do you hold him l...
by Veritas Aequitas
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Contract/Covenant With God
Replies: 20
Views: 664

The Contract/Covenant With God

Do you agree, for one to qualify as a believer of say Christianity or Islam, one must enter into a religious contract or covenant with God explicitly or implication? Here is an explanation regarding the basic principles of a Contract; https://www.simpsons.com.au/documents/visarts/visarts89/1Princip....
by Veritas Aequitas
Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:27 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:
Replies: 38
Views: 7791

Re: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:

You seem to be advocating Plato's balanced man and I agree. I also agree that the brain is aided through the efforts of meditation, contemplation, conscious attention, detachment, and of course impartial efforts to "know thyself" or have the experience of oneself. How many pursue them? Seemingly an...
by Veritas Aequitas
Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:57 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:
Replies: 38
Views: 7791

Re: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:

I am an atheist who believes in God. God to me is a verb, not a thing: infinity reaching for awareness of itself. I wouldn't say its maleness at all, yet males resemble what it is; a filigree of the main source of energy out there and within here: Life! 'Life is a woman' sprach Zarathustra, as I re...
by Veritas Aequitas
Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:51 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:
Replies: 38
Views: 7791

Re: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:

Veritas, I began this thread with an observation by Jacob Needleman so I'll continue with him. He differentiates between consciousness and the contents of consciousness. You seem to be defining consciousness by its contents created through neurology. This may be true for animal reactive life or the...
by Veritas Aequitas
Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:17 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is useless
Replies: 203
Views: 41693

Re: Philosophy is useless

So? Who cares? The fact is a doctorate in physics can easily become a doctorate in philosophy, but most doctorates in philosophy cannot obtain a doctorate in physics. Arguing that because physics grew out of philosophy in the distant past does not alter the fact that physics is the more difficult, ...
by Veritas Aequitas
Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:49 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:
Replies: 38
Views: 7791

Re: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:

In this case, the emotion circuits in the primal part of the brain are not removed (they are still pulsating as usual), but rather are modulated by the higher human brain with the theories and practicals of philosophy. There should be effective rewirings in the brain to make the higher human brain ...
by Veritas Aequitas
Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:27 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:
Replies: 38
Views: 7791

Re: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:

God is a Psychic Fact Yes, but it is a psychic fact out of the primordial fear of inevitable death and its associated cognitive dissonance. From baby up to a certain age, a child is dependent on the father and mother for security and the child is not conscious of its own inevitable death as this is...
by Veritas Aequitas
Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:53 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:
Replies: 38
Views: 7791

Re: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:

V.A.... a comment on your reply: On one hand you say the following - "... but I think the Gita's 'actions without the fruits of actions ' would be more effective, i.e. without any 'good' in mind or as an end itself. In one sense, it is let one's 'dharma' flows spontaneously. " ... which we can be i...
by Veritas Aequitas
Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:20 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:
Replies: 38
Views: 7791

Re: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:

Veitas, you avoid the most important thing: experience. What good is philosophy iof we do not verify it experientially? Susan Sontag wrote of Simone Weil: The principal value of the collection is simply that anything from Simone Weil’s pen is worth reading. It is perhaps not the book to start one’s...
by Veritas Aequitas
Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:09 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:
Replies: 38
Views: 7791

Re: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:

These ideas of course suggest an "intelligent design," However you know that even the suggestion of such a thing is feverishly denied emotionally since there is no way to deny it intellectually. This denial prevents awakening to it. I don't know how this will all end and if emotional denial will as...
by Veritas Aequitas
Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:24 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is useless
Replies: 203
Views: 41693

Re: Philosophy is useless

So? Philosophy is still worthless. I'm writing on a computer that exists due to science and engineering, not philosophy. Ignorance again. The fundamental impulse of philosophy in humans is that drive to be better than whatever the existing state, i.e. continuous improvements against the correspondi...
by Veritas Aequitas
Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:05 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:
Replies: 38
Views: 7791

Re: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:

Veritas 1. 'Awe and wonder' is one specific neural module that is adaptive for the necessary survival of the individual and specie. The human mind is programmed to react with 'pleasure' to order, symmetry, patterns, system etc. That is why the seemingly order in nature impress most humans. You've l...