1. People like simple ideas.
2. Many political issues are complicated and confusing.
3. Most people are too busy with everyday life to research these issues in depth.
4. Therefore most people’s political opinions are 5% fact and 95% fantasy.
5. This is true all along the political spectrum.
6. It’s true of most of the people you know.
7. Fortunately, it’s not true of you.
8. Is it?
If this seems like a useful sequence of ideas, consider forwarding it to some friends.
But this is a blog about theism and atheism, so let’s move on to religious implications. Try substituting “theological” in points 2, 4, and 5. For example, #5 would become, “This is true all along the theological spectrum.”
Regarding God’s existence, many people believe God exists, or does not exist, based on a mixture of fact and fantasy. As I wrote in Bridging the God Gap, our opinions about ultimate reality “are spiritual wagers, ‘leaps of faith’ into belief or ‘leaps of doubt’ into unbelief.”
If I realize that I’m a theological gambler, I’m less likely to look down on those who bet on red instead of black.
We’re doing the best that we know how, with the little pile of chips that we’ve got right now.
Roger Christan Schriner
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