Am I Christian, atheist, pantheist, agnostic? Honestly, I don’t know. I have to add that I am being honest in this because many times before I have been dishonest. I have ascribed a label to myself before being fully confident of what it entailed. Many times I defended the Bible and Christianity not from of a point of conviction but from a point of self-preservation. Because if I wasn’t Christian, then what was I? An atheist? Since I wasn’t ready to take on the alternative labels, I had to defend the one I had then and make it work nonetheless.
This I think is the missing perspective in almost all religious debates I’ve witnessed, the unbiased one. That we cannot see any differently than we allow ourselves makes us highly unlikely to appreciate another person’s point of view and recognize the faults in our own. Now that I am taking a step back from Christianity, I have to be conscious of that bias: the bias that denies the reason in the Christian’s defense and the fault in my own. One great place to start is refusing to take on another label like atheism, agnostic or heretic before I understand well enough to make a decision on the matter. Now since I don’t know enough, I remain unspoken for.
But I understand why we’re all in a hurry to label ourselves, we all want to belong somewhere. In fact, I stumbled on a research that showed that even more important than having the right beliefs, one should have a sense of community; it saves us from a lot of mental disease. And those who already understand the importance of community will defend their communities and do all they can to remain in good standing with other members of these communities.
Now let me make a proposition, let us have a community for those that honestly don’t know; that are open minded and unbridled. And this community will be of one mind, the scientific mind and they will have but one rule, to rule out bias. Is this possible or am I late?
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