Is Truth an Accident? Re: [FoRK] Is God an Accident?

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar < drernie at > on > Fri Sep 22 06:15:04 PDT 2006

[Disclaimer: I am  theist, as anyone Googling me can easily find out].

Hi Russell,

You may not find religious belief justified by your paradigm, but I  
don't find your lack of belief justifiable within *my* paradigm.

To what meta-paradigm are you appealing to state that your paradigm  
is "true" and mine is "false"?  Or are you merely stating a personal  

In particular, one could just as easily deconstruct belief in love,  
justice, truth, happiness, sex, civilization, technology -- even math  
-- as mere "accidents", no?  Once you start down this path, where do  
you draw the line?

-- Ernie P.

On Sep 16, 2006, at 8:40 PM, Russell Turpin wrote:

> "Dr. Ernie Prabhakar" <drernie at>:
>> Or the dogmatism of atheists who are "absolute sure" that their   
>> methods provide conclusive, irrefutable evidence that the  
>> dogmatism  of religious people is completely unjustified. :-)
> The only evidence I know that the dogmatism of the religious is
> unjustified is from reading their own explanations and
> justifications. There is the search problem, of course. How far
> does one delve into the apologetic and spiritual and inspirational
> oevre before deciding that the probability of turning up even the
> smallest justification is so slight that it isn't worth further
> search? "Complete" may never be had. Still, it doesn't take much
> work to realize -- especially with all others who would quickly
> surface it -- that finding justification among the religious is
> about as likely as finding a magnetic monopole.
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