Hello to All!
I must admit that there are some debates that are not worth getting into, because they’re as solvable as JFK’s assassination. Abortion is one of them. In an attempt to save myself from getting into such a debate with one of my business partners, however, I ended up finding something interesting that I figured would be worth a post here. (It’s also high time I posted something about religion, however big the trouble that I’ll get into will be.)
The title of this post is that very thing I found to be interesting. My business partner tried to get me to pull apart the idea that “God” always meant religion, or something involving religious beliefs, in order to “win me over” onto the pro-life side of the abortion debate. Now, as I said, I don’t think abortion is something worth talking about here because we could do so for hours and hours and get absolutely nowhere. But the notion between God and religion . . . . . . . . . . . . . I think that’s worth thinking about for a bit.
Say, for example, that God exists. And let’s also say that you believe in this God. Does that necessarily mean that you have a religious belief?
Or say that you have some set of religious beliefs. Does God have to be part of that set? Or could you have a religious belief, or a religion in general, without a God?
Ultimately, it seems like my question comes down to asking whether God and religion are in a bi-conditional relationship, or if there is just a conditional relationship, in which one is the antecedent and the other the consequent.
My thoughts, given what I’ve said at Kevin’s God salad bar, seem to incline me to say, at least, that the bi-conditional doesn’t hold, yet there could be a relationship with religion as the antecedent and God as the consequent. If God is to be more like a force (or Karma), then I have a hard time seeing how believing in God commits you to a religious belief (or, if that’s not true, then a religion in general). But that doesn’t rule out the possibility of the other-way-around being true.
What are your thoughts on this? I’d be happy to hear what some of you have to say on the issue.
George (“The Meager Weakling”)