What do I believe in? I do not know. It’s a difficult question to answer. Belief is difficult to define with precision and ample clarity. One attribute of belief, which I believe is constant, is that a belief itself is not constant.
I believe that no religion represents complete truth. Why I believe so is because I lack complete knowledge. What is complete knowledge? Is it ever possible to have complete knowledge? I don’t know how to answer these two questions. However, just to continue with my blog post, I will define complete knowledge as the ability to speak sub specie aeternitatis.
Whether one can speak “under the aspect of eternity” is a question to which I definitely have no definite answer.
I, therefore, believe that due to my inability to perceive sub specie aeternitatis, I cannot claim the veracity of any given religion, be it Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Taoism, Shintoism.
From a more scientific perspective and given our current technological standing, I believe it is not possible to quantify and give a numeric value to the veracity of any given religion. Religious claims simply cannot be measured.
Do I believe in the so-called “scientific method?” Only insofar as it works, allows me to live my life on a day-to-day basis and is capable of making experimentally verifiable predictions. I do not endorse scientism or any ideology about the universality of a specific methodology. I am a through and through agnostic.
In fact, I see agnosticism as a belief itself. It is a belief insofar as its claim about the unknowability of God’s existence is itself uncertain. I do not have enough knowledge and experience to determine whether the existence of God can ever be not determined.
There may exist some sophisticated line of reasoning or some profound spiritual experience which may prove the existence of Allah beyond a shadow of doubt. However, since I am unaware of such a methodology, I adopt the default agnostic position.
I hope to learn more in the days in the come…