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Me Of Little Faith: Introduction

August 30th, 2007 No comments

Last week I bought Skeptic magazine for the first time. The issue was dedicated to the subject of evolution and its ideological opponent, so-called “intelligent design.” The topic interests me for reasons both professional and personal. My job requires me to occasionally field calls from pissed-off creationists objecting to Nova or other science documentaries. And my dad refuses to believe in evolution because he sees no point in existence if God isn’t involved.

As for myself, I’m both repelled and fascinated by such pseudoscience. On one hand, I feel that it has caused great damage to our culture. Used by cynical manipulators for political ends, it has sown confusion about the nature and process of science, leading to irrational, foolish actions. And yet, I can’t deny that there’s a part of me that yearns for the supernatural and the paranormal. I don’t truly believe in the Loch Ness Monster, but wouldn’t it be cool?

Reading the articles in Skeptic got me thinking a lot about my own beliefs about the origins and purpose of life, and most of all, my lack of faith in a traditional God.

Yes, this is going to be one of those long, navel-gazing blog essays. Bear with me. Or don’t: come back in a week or so and I’ll be writing about kittens or comic books instead.

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