A Basic Case for Secular Agnosticism

Outline:

1.  Introduction

2.  Lack of natural evidence.

3.  The nature of the Universe.

4.  Absurdity of Alternatives.

5.  Presence of pain and suffering.

6. Moral Character and Ethical Behavior.

7. Conclusion

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1.  Introduction:

I am a Secular Agnostic.  By “secular” I mean that I view reality as strictly being the natural realm.  By “agnostic” I mean that I doubt the existence of a supernatural realm.

I was born a Secular Agnostic, but I was raised in a good Christian home.  Hence, I was taught to believe in a supernatural realm and supernatural beings. I  consequently maintained a Theistic perspective until a few short years ago.  I have since reasoned my way from faith to Secular Agnosticism.  Thus, I offer these thoughts as a  case for Secular Agnosticism.

2. Lack of natural evidence:

To my knowledge, there is no natural evidence for the existence of either a supernatural realm or for supernatural beings.  Sensory perception and rational exercise of the intellect are our primary means of knowledge.  Neither renders evidence of the supernatural in any shape or form.  A deity neither appears or communicates to provide natural evidence for its existence. Nor is there a logical reason which necessitates the existence of either a supernatural realm or supernatural beings.   Therefore; due to a  lack of natural evidence of a supernatural realm or supernatural beings, I am a Secular Agnostic.

3. The Nature of the Observable Universe:

The only practical reality is the realm of natural existence which is observable to our sensory perceptions.  Granted, modern Science utilizes technology which allows for investigation of areas of the natural realm which are unobservable to the naked eye.  Yet the  investigative  research of even the greatest minds have not revealed anything which significantly differs from that which is observable to the naked eye.

That which is observable is the self evident reality that the Universe is a self  contained system  of recirculation and regeneration.  The tree produces the seed, and the seed produces the tree.  The chicken produces the egg, and the egg produces the chicken.  The Universe sustains itself and regenerates itself.  The self sustaining nature of the Universe would seem to indicate that  there is no need for the involvement of a deity for the purposes of either origins or existence.

4. The Absurdity of Alternatives:

There is the consideration that perhaps a self sustained, orderly Universe is the product of design; hence implying a greater intelligent power that created it all.  Yet, that theory actually lends itself to an endless absurdity.  By the same reasoning the existence of a self sustained, orderly mind in the form of a deity must surely imply the existence of yet another self sustained greater intelligent power that created the first self sustained greater intelligent power that created the Universe; and so forth.  “So forth” of course representing the endless absurdity.

5.  The Problem of Pain and Suffering:

Pain and suffering are features of the natural realm which are a dilemma for Creationists.  If it is the case that a personal God created the world according to his will, then all pain and suffering can be traced initially to his decision to do so.  Every inhumane deed can be traced initially to God’s decision to create the world and its inhabitants; if indeed he did so.  Every rape and every murder can be traced initially to God’s decision to create the world; if indeed he did so.  If the Biblical doctrine of Hell were to be believed, then the eternal anguish and torture of every “lost soul” can be traced initially to God’s decision to create the world and all its inhabitants.

It seems inconceivable  that a  personal God would have created a world where insects and animals devour each other alive.  It seems  inconceivable  that a  personal God would have created a world where innocent babies would be born with genetic diseases.  It seems inconceivable that a  personal God would have created a world with the prior knowledge that the majority of humanity would be eternally tortured, yet such is what several Creation Myths teach.

6. Moral Character and Ethical Behavior:

There are good people of all walks of life.  Genuine goodness is by no means the copyright of the religious community.  Kindness, courtesy, generosity, ethical behaviour, and moral character are natural human qualities derived from the best of our human nature.  As social relations are realized in the settings of the natural realm, there is no evidence that genuine goodness is indicative of a supernatural entity at work amongst humanity.  Rather, genuine goodness is evidence of social relations based upon reason and sensitivity.

7.  Conclusion:

I am a Secular Agnostic due to the fact that every moment of my life is a personal experience in the natural realm; whereas there is no evidence for any other.  Nor is there evidence that any other realm would be significant to my life in the here and the now, even if perchance there is such an existence.

Every person must of course choose their own conclusions per their respective reasonings and deductions.  Yet I am sincere in stating that I would that all humanity be freed from undue fears based upon unfounded superstitions. I would in fact that all humanity focus on the here and now; and employ the genuine goodness of our natural capacities; not in hopes of heaven or in fear of hell; but rather because such is reasonable and rational.

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Nature Simply Is

Nature simply is;
Nature simply allows me to be;
Nature demands no oath of allegiance;
Tho its allure ever appeals to me.

Nature condemns not;
Those who allegedly defy its ways;
Nature simply is;
Yesterday,tomorrow, and today.

Nature commands not;
That I laud its awesome glory;
Tho the splendor of Nature;
Could never be told in any given story.

Nature requires not;
That I kill to defend a way of life;
Nor that I debate or argue;
So as to stir up strife.

Nature needs not;
That I syllogize its existence;
Nature simply is;
Against that fact who would offer resistance?

Nature simply is;
There is not much else to tell;
Except that even if I deny her;
Nature would never send me to hell.

Nature simply is;
Nature simply allows me to be;
Nature was here before I;
For Nature is eternity.