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Can a philosopher be religious?


Schopenhauer says "no." He's one of the first important European atheist thinkers and doesn't consider it feasible, because philosophers must question everything. He does claim that "faith" is one of the things which makes us humans special (in a good way). However, because religions have dogmas/laws if questioned can risk you to be ousted.... Furthermore, the people who wrote Koran, Torah, Bible, Vedas, etc..., aren't around to be questioned. And, if you tell people that you asked God and received a response you're considered a loony.

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Best Answer Lisa Vollrath (lisavollrath) says

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    John Sarkis 2 years ago

    Good point! Furthermore, Bible says (I think Book of Job?) His ways and understanding are much higher than ours, so this answer should take care of questioning part - why events happen (good enough for me), unless you're a positivist (Marxist, etc)


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    John Sarkis 2 years ago

    My solution is to believe God and not question the written word, but do not believe authorities i.e., preachers, imam, rabbi, etc., because they really and truly do not know?


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    John Sarkis 2 years ago

    You make a good point from an secular perspective i.e., anyone in this world could choose to be enlightened and spiritual regardless whom they follow

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    John Sarkis 2 years ago

    I talk to God all day long and pray, etc., in Jesus' Mighty Name! However, you can't proof this as an objective truth/reality to others and that was my point. Great point!

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    John Sarkis 2 years ago

    Since 19th century, science/philosophy separated, because science explained things which philosophy did not.... ...faith (which Schop acknowledges as great) is how I choose to live my life, because no matter what, no one has all the answers


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    John Sarkis 2 years ago

    ?... In our modern athiest society (I'm a Christian), you're also considered looney if you tell others that you're helping humanity, because God told you to do so. Kant said good/evil are categoricals, because you don't receive rewards back


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