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Faith has always interested me.

Before my Christian friends/enemies start tightening their jaws in preparation for another godless rant, don’t worry. I don’t think I’m going to go there (But I don’t make any promises)

Believe it or not (get it!), I have respect for people who have faith in something that cannot be seen, touched, tasted, heard, etc, etc… Maybe it’s the romantic in me that finds religious elation appealing. There are even times that I, your friendly neighborhood heretic, wishes to feel the hand of “god” or whatever touching him in some special way in some special place.

Faith does have its goods. Some of my kind of swine usually bemoan the atrocities that take place in the unyielding faith of religious fanatics. And I do as well. There is, on the other hand, many good things that faith does bring to the table. Without faith, many of our sciences would be unable to progress and evolve.

“What in the hell are you talking about?” one might say.

Newton (not the fig) had his principle on how gravity worked based on getting conked in the head with an apple while he was reading porn under an apple tree (that’s how I remember it, anyway) And that very theory guided the entire scientific community for two hundred years or so. Based on little empiracle data, droves of science geeks followed in lockstep with an apple in one hand and a copy of Principia in the other. It really didn’t matter than Newton was profoundly wrong on his analysis of gravity when dealing with the macrocosm. He was later told to “suck it” by Albert Einstein.

Not one to hold a grudge, Newton didn’t not haunt Alberto’s dreams or come back to eat his delicious brains like some scientists speculated. Instead, Einstein had essentially proven that the universe is not flat (linear) but round (curved), and he didn’t even have to sail anywhere. Alberto looked at the cruller that Newton was trying to pass as a Doughnut and said to the lockstep scientists, “Don’t eat that! That’s not a Doughnut!!!”

There’s speculation that even Einstein may one day be proven wrong when another pastry chef comes along, but, for now, his doughnut has a round shape and seems to soak up coffee pretty well. So, we’ll keep eating it. E=mc2 was an integral part in producing the Atomic bomb. Why don’t you ask the Japanese how Einstein’s theories work?

We take everything on faith. I take it on faith that a giant spider monster wont consume me if I walk outside the door (although some days I have my suspicions) I have faith that when I put my finger on the seventh fret of my E string it will ring as a B. Unless, of course, some bastard has been fucking with my tuning.

It’s no surprise that the most fundamental questions of our existence, “How did we get here?” and “Where are my car keys?” would be answered by faith. It’s even less of a surprise that they always will be.

The faithful will always be the faithful, and they should keep their faith. It is possible, though, to open that up to allow other possibilities of our origins to sneak in. Two conflicting ideas can occupy the same space. Even Alberto recognized this. His clever quips on the subject of god are both funny and respectful. And should be taken to heart. I don’t usually quote, but, in closing, I will make an exception.

A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty – it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man. (Albert Einstein)


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