Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Faith Is Incompatible With Humility And Intellectual Shame
Faith is the mechanism by which a believer can convince themselves that they are right no matter how manifestly and demonstrably wrong they actually are - no matter how ridiculous their belief. Faith is an intellectual temper tantrum, a purely emotional insistence that the believer is right no matter what - and no evidence to the contrary will ever be considered. Few human attributes demonstrate a more profound and overwhelming arrogance than Faith.
The Faithful are incapable of shame. Normally, when human beings are presented with compelling evidence that their position is incorrect, there is a certain degree of intellectual shame accompanying that realization. The Faithful have no such problem, they simply deny the evidence or claim that the absence of evidence is merely proof that absolute knowledge is impossible.
And yet the Faithful profess to have precisely the absolute knowledge they claim is impossible. The Faithful claim to KNOW that God exists - a far stronger epistemological claim than almost any atheist I have ever met. Moreover, they claim to have specific knowledge about his personality, his plans, his state of mind, his purpose.
The Faithful posit that revealed knowledge is in fact superior to observation, measurement, calculation and the accumulation of evidence. Indeed, so certain are the Faithful in the supposed superiority of revealed knowledge to empirical knowledge that they KNOW that any contradictory empirical knowledge MUST be wrong. Faith professes absolute certitude on the basis of subjective, internal feeling states, no matter what any objective empirical evidence shows. It is hard to imagine an attidude more shamefully and wrongfully arrogant than Faith.
To the Faithful, seeing is less valuable than believing. Which begs the question - If God meant for us to rely solely on Faith, why would he create us with all of these senses that MUST be ignored if Faith is to survive.