Re: On credulity and religion

Rosemary G. Scott (
8 Jul 1996 17:29:57 GMT

>launching into some useless arguement of me trying to prove something
to you which you are unwilling to consider) is this:
>What are your thoughts about epistemology? Is empirical or
theoretical knowledge the only valid way of knowing? If your answer is
yes then there is nothing left to say.
>Shannon Adams

Epistemology poses the question: How do we know what we know?
Empirical scientific knowledge can only be gathered through the senses,
hence the only truth that this branch of philosophy can ever hope to
examine and ascertain is the truth which can be proved or disproved.
Much like James' Pragmatism, Epistemology inadvertently omits entire
realms of knowledge, namely emotional knowledge, spiritual knowledge,
and the aspects of the physical universe which we are not yet able to
explain. Personally, I find the concept of God to be completely
rational on its own, yet when one contrasts it with the theory of
evolution, it becomes infinitely more rational. I don't know why
people have a problem in accepting a God that always was and always
will be, when the same folks can take a mass of chemicals floating
around in the universe for granted--accepting on faith that this mass
collided, exploded, cooled, and grew amebas who in turn acquired more
cells which brought forth all of life as we know it. Thank you Mr.
Darwin, our very own jolly Santa Claus!