How do we know there is a supernatural?
by Phil Bartle, PhD
Belief is the third epistemological category
What are some of the variations in beliefs of various religions?
Some people classify themselves as agnostics.
The word simply means “Do not know.” The “g” in agnostic is related to the “k” in our word, “know.” “Agnostic” is a Greek word, the Latin equivalent of which is “ignoramus.”
Recall the discussion of epistemology, the study of how we know.
Among the four ways of knowing, only the first two, observing and reasoning, belong to science.
The third, faith or belief, is the means on which religions are based.
This irrational foundation on which huge houses of cards are set, religion, is truly an example of building a house on the sand.
The nature or personality of God varies between different religions such as Islam, Judaism and Christianity.
The notion that man created God in his own image is the basis of Atheism.
Buddhism does not have a theology, and is neutral about beliefs in God or gods.
Rather it is a method of searching for enlightenment. The method involves meditating and looking inward.
Needless to repeat, these variations in beliefs have immense effects on various institutions and social organizations.
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