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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

When will atheists realize there are other faculties of knowledge besides reason?

All the most burning existential questions of human life are unanswerable from a perspective of rationalism.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Is there anything greater than reason?..... I say no... because we are given to reasoning for the sake of the Holy spirit which is within us of the breath of life provided by God.......

    There is no spirit, without reason...... Thoughts perish....

    Your sister,

    Ginger

  • 1 decade ago

    I am an atheist, but that does not mean that I have all the answers. It means that I'd rather leave a question unanswered than accept any unfounded statements for facts. And it means that I try not to succumb to the temptations of wishful thinking.

    There are NO other faculties of knowledge besides reason. Everything else is just speculation, imagination, hallucination, manipulation, or wishful thinking.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You are presuming that if a question can't be answered with a computation then the answer must be God! That's not necessarily the case!

    You would benefit from reading Shadows of the Mind by the mathematician Roger Penrose. In the book he describes his belief in mathematical Platonism and how it can settle questions which have no computable answer. He thinks non-computable physical action can explain the phenomenon of consciousness for example. It's an exciting book because it's convinced me that we don't need to believe in God to believe in the existence of the soul. At least this is how I've interpretted the book.

  • 1 decade ago

    Thats why atheists don't try to think of rational explanations for "unanswerable" questions.

    Atheists and Agnostics are comfortable knowing that there are things we Can't Know and don't need to think of a supernatural explanation for those things.

    Its called Faith for a reason. You either believe in the unproveable, and unknowable or you don't. Not having Faith doesn't make people bad. It just means they don't have Faith...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Got another way to answer them?

    All I ever see from people who say this kind of thing is false claims, bad reasoning, denial of the facts, arrogant ignorance, strawman arguments, red herrings, etc.

    In fact atheists use the kind of thinking that works. The people who complain about it simply keep asserting the same falsehoods. That's not "knowledge", it's denial.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    How is faith a faculty of knowledge? True knowledge is based on logic, reasoning and critical thinking of external information and input (so says Socrates) but faith is 100% INTERNAL.

  • Paul H
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    OK, so when you are in an emergency room with an appendix about to burst tell the doctor to heal you with intuition rather than knowledge and see what kind of results you get. btw: I'm not an atheist, but your "logic" is not logical.

  • Shossi
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Knowledge means to know. If things are assumed on faith, they are not known, but accepted only on faith. Knowledge means to have proof of. Faith gives no proof-just acceptance.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The answer to life the universe and everything is....

    That there is no answer.

    The real kick in the teeth is that there is really no question.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I believe in an imaginary God, does that count?

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