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An Agnostic's Answer

Updated on January 8, 2011

An Agnostic's Thoughts

Signal columnist Tim Myers believes “living a moral life without faith would be extremely difficult, and the instinctive human qualities of selfishness, self-involvement, and damaging self interest would hold sway.” How offensive! How self righteous! How cynical! How wrong!

I’m an agnostic and I consider myself moral. I believe there are more good people in the world than bad - and that has nothing to do with believing in God - Christian or otherwise.. Rather than all the faults he attributes to those without faith, I think loving, sharing, compassion and charity are the human qualities more likely to hold sway. And these are a result of human intelligence, not a fear of burning in hell if you are unlucky enough to die with a mortal sin on your soul, as I was taught as a child.

Throughout history, from the crusades, the inquisition, and now the Muslim fanatics, religious people - people of faith as Myers refers to them - have killed millions in the name of God.

I have no problem with “under God” in the pledge of allegiance. I can skip those two words if I choose. I don’t mind the ten commandments in courthouses - after all, they’re the way we should live. I don’t think we should take the cross out of the county seal (at a waste of taxpayer money) because the missions were part of our history. I don’t want to substitute “Happy Holidays” for “Merry Christmas”. And I firmly believe in The Golden Rule. But I do take umbrage at creationists, or intelligent designers, or whatever they choose to call themselves, claiming that all the scientific evidence of evolution is not proof. What “proof” is there of a divine creator? Fossils are more persuasive than Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, angels, burning flames and all the other myths that have been passed down by word of mouth for centuries, mostly by uneducated people.

Bottom line, I can accept Christians, or other believers, but let’s not assume that anyone who is a non-believer is probably immoral.

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