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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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
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?
John, what you think you know about "God's written word" is based on what other people have said and written, just like any other philosophy or religion. When you say "believe God" you are relying on what you think god is based on tradition.
John--What you suggest here is a absence of philosophical inquiry. It is a refutation of the human capacity to reason and is the reason for the Dark Ages and what is happening in Iraq.
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
I majored in philosophy and what we have now are academics who make a great deal of money saying nothing, but regurgitate the thoughts of others. I like your answer.
A very profound answer....
?... 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
You had a question, but were to timid, or intimidated to post it?
John, just a thought...can the USA actually be considered an "atheist society" at this time? Though there are outspoken atheists and some laws are changing, I believe that basic Christianity is still dominant in American society at the grassroots lev
John--Why would you need to tell others, you help because a god told you to? Who are you helping, others or your self? Kant--are you not making yourself more pleasing to a god?
The Atheist helps to help, not to please a god.
There are also only two types of people in the world- those who generalize and those that don't. :)
are you saying ISIS publicly said that "god" is telling them to butcher people? I don't listen to the news often, so don't know?...
Your first two paragraphs were good, but you lost me on your last one, hence my "?..."
John--Jihad the ISIS justification--a religious duty, as in Inquisitions, witch burnings, as in your, if you tell people that you asked God and received a response you're considered a loony. Not alot of room to make a point here.
This is what I gather from the news also. At least somebody thinks his god told him to butcher in the name of this particular "Allah", and he got others to follow him. How many of ISIS actually thinks god speaks directly to him personally is unknown.
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!