TAL9000

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gcvsa:

tal9000:

So, I think I need a religion.

Mostly, because a lot of things about transness, about gender in general, I’ve been inclined to describe as “sacred” and I think I mean more by that than that they’re deep, meaningful, and incomprehensible to cis people. I think that there’s actually something spiritual about this, and I need to find a spirituality that fits.

http://freethoughtblogs.com/nataliereed/2012/03/02/god-does-not-love-trans-people/

A few points of disagreement I have with that. Sticking only to the ones relevant to myself:

  1. There are reasons to hold a belief other than epistemological. If you’re better off for believing something, and you aren’t hurting others with that belief, that is sufficient reason to believe it.
  2. The assumption that skepticism naturally leads to atheism (as she implies) ignores the diversity of human experiences. Until recently, applying skepticism to determine what to believe spiritually on the basis of my experiences has lead me to atheism. Lately it has not.
  3. Even though she says she’s not going to conflate religion with Christianity, she goes on to treat all religion as though taking things on faith and believing with certainty despite evidence was universal of religion rather than characteristic of Christianity.

Atheism is no longer sufficient to explain my experiences. Therefore I must look elsewhere for explanation. The choice between atheism and absolute belief without evidence is a false dichotomy.

  1. amydentata reblogged this from gcvsa and added:
    (Emphasis mine.) I have another thing to add, on the present state of anti-theism. I’m anti-theist, to the degree I...
  2. gcvsa reblogged this from tal9000 and added:
    I posted that because I think that Natalie has made some very excellent points. I probably should have also included the...
  3. tal9000 reblogged this from madgastronomer and added:
    I was already planning to look into paganism. Thanks for the book rec, though.
  4. madgastronomer reblogged this from tal9000 and added:
    Dunno if it will be of any use to you, but despite the massive transphobia of Dianic Wicca, there are Pagans and Pagan...