Thinking About Belief


Earlier today, while I was waiting for an electrician to stop by and install a room fan, I came across a tablet that I had apparently used for “notes” when I was writing my book. Funny thing is … I don’t think I ever used any of them! Probably because the book went in a slightly different direction than I had originally planned.

Anyway, I thought some of the notes were quite good so I decided to share a few of them here. As you will see, my focus at the time was on “belief.”

  • What we want to believe is largely based on emotion.
  • How do we tell the difference between what we want to believe is true … and what is actually true?
  • Beliefs are formed through many avenues, including family, friends, colleagues, culture, and society at large. Once a belief is formed, we defend, justify, and rationalize it — and look for evidence to support it.
  • Why do we not still believe the sun revolves around the earth? Because the evidence reflects otherwise.
  • When some people deeply believe something, they accept it as fact.
  • Many people resist challenging their beliefs even when they know there is no evidence to support them.
  • Is a belief in a god somehow necessary to live a normal life?
  • One may express belief in a being or entity that exists outside space and time — yet is unable to form a concept of or describe such a being.
  • Why is there a near-universal belief that “god” is a word that reflects something other than an idea?
  • Why is belief in supernatural entities not shared by everyone?

And then I came across this …

  • According to the bible, Satan loses in the end, so why does he continue to do his evil work? Can’t he read?

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