Isn’t Belief In God Just An Accident of Birth?

Over on Boundless there’s a really great dialog between a student and a prof on the reasonableness of theism. The student is wondering if he believes just because he was raised to believe.

Here’s an excerpt:
[student] “I was talking with my friend Don. You know him.”

[professor] “Sure. It’s through him that I know you.”

“Well, the other day he asked whether I believe in God, and I didn’t know what to tell him.”

“You don’t know whether God is real?”

“It’s not that. I don’t know whether I believe in Him.”

“Isn’t that the same thing?”

“No. See, I do believe in God. But I don’t see why my belief should be true. So maybe I don’t believe in Him, if you see what I mean.”

“Maybe you’re trying to say that your belief doesn’t reflect real knowledge, so even though you believe in God, you also think maybe you shouldn’t. Am I getting warm?

“Yeah, that’s it. See, one of my other professors said that the only reason I believe in God is that I’ve been brought up that way. If I’d been brought up by pagans, probably I’d believe in lots of gods. If I’d been brought up by atheists, probably I wouldn’t believe in any god. So I have this belief but so what?”…

The rest of the dialog gives a very satistfying answer to that question!

It’s a Cat-Eat-Cat World Out There…

I just ran across two web pages that juxtapose too perfectly to pass up.

On a sad note, a stray cat was shot in the eye with a horse tranquilizer dart. The dart was 7″ long and the cat wandered around with the dart sticking out of its head for a week before being picked up by authorities. The Kansas City community is outraged.

On a funny note, that animal officer sure is lucky he didn’t pull that on these viking kittens!

Q: What does this have to do with Chi Alpha?
A: Nothing except that we have a good sense of humor!