Question Mark or Exclamation Point August 8, 2009

Question Mark or Exclamation Point

Isn’t this ultimately what religion is all about?

Taking questions that are currently (or forever) unanswerable, and not only offering fictional answers, but also being emphatic that those answers are the correct ones.

Sometimes, the question mark is all you can be sure of.

(via nakedpastor)

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  • Wow, very quotable. I like it.

  • Warren Falk

    “Eerie certainties” as Sam Harris calls it.

    … also reminds me of every Ray Comfort debate.

    Ray: “Do you know how the universe began”

    Skeptic: “There is much evidence to support a so-called ‘big bang'”

    Ray: “But do you know what caused it?”

    Skeptic: “No, scientists admit they cannot know everything, and that it might not be possible to speak coherently about ‘before’ the big bang”

    Ray: “Well, I KNOW where the universe came from. See that’s the difference. You don’t know, and I do”

    Interestingly, in the same way that Ray “knows” where the universe came from, he also “knows” that Jesus is God and raised from the dead, and in the same way he “knows” this Muslims know that they’re right and he’s wrong.

  • trixr4kids

    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. –Voltaire

  • AxeGrrl

    I came across this great line in a review of the film ‘Doubt’:

    “The film simply states that where doubt exists, doubt should remain, as resolution that is not founded upon truth can have terrible consequences for many of those involved.”

  • mikespeir

    I’m partial to the interrobang.

  • Renacier

    I dunno, I think y’all might be looking at it a bit pessimistically.
    Look at those fellas; they’re working hard on that question! They’re putting in the time and effort to turn that ‘Huh?‘ into ‘A-ha!
    Looks like scientific inquiry to me.

    Now if they’d been waving their hands telling people it was an exclamation mark, that’d be religion.

  • I don’t know why they’re chipping things off the question mark when they could have just turned it round 90 degrees. Sometimes it isn’t that people claim to have the answers, it is that they haven’t thought of it as a question at all.

  • Pseudonym

    Isn’t this ultimately what religion is all about?

    Way to undermine your point by answering this difficult question with a simplistic answer. Just sayin’.

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