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Thread #109167   Message #2286431
Posted By: Amos
12-Mar-08 - 11:56 AM
Thread Name: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
Subject: RE: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God

One answer is for the same reason that De gustibus non disputandum. Matters of metaphysical belief are not comparable one to another because they are individual personal constructs, born out of the individual's creative center, often on a deep, unexamined instinctive level.

This is what makes them vulnerable to analytical attacks.

It really comes down to whether you feel annoyed enough to start a scrap. Doing so for sheer exercise or enjoyment is certainly your own perrogative and there is no inherent value for or against doing so. It's a risk that any proselytizer takes and should understand he is taking when he wants to trumpet his version of metaphysics at you.

Personally I think such an impulse is driven by personal lack of confidence and is a sort of pseudo solution to being unsure of one's own viewpoint, or more likely of having fallen for the trap of "social proof" from other, similar, people, rather than individual exploration. A mind is a terrible thing to rent.