|Student Body President Dylan Raiman|
|My partner, Lorenzo Marchetti (Commissioner of Marketing)|
John Mackie says that it is illogical to believe in an Omniscient (all knowing), Benevolent (all good), and Omnipotent (all powerful) God. These are the core assumptions in most theistic religions and I, as well as Mackie do find issue with all. If God is Benevolent why is there evil in the world? A defense to this could be "so that we know that there is a difference between good and evil." However why does there need to be genocide and killer diseases to prove this point? Why is there war? A defense to that could be that because God gave us free will because he loves us. The Mackie response is that why couldn't God have freely willed us into doing good? If everything happens for a reason, why couldn't everything that has ever happened been for the benefit of all? God is all-knowing, so there has to be a good reason to believe that God could formulate a grand plan because in God's vision, there are infinite realities.
On the flip side of that same coin I think of all the good times religion has brought me. It gave me happiness and hope when I didn't have any. Church was a place where I felt at home growing up and through today. In a way, I'm not sure where I really am. I still enjoy going to church. I enjoy the concept of a God or "Abba." I always seem to come back to one conclusion that is more firm than others. If something makes me feel good, makes me happy, then so what if it isn't real? Why question the nature of being itself?
As of now I sit cradling a line of half believing in the religion I grew up with, and the other half is pondering the idea of atheism or a deistic view. Either way, I probably won't figure out what I truly believe in for a very long time.
Although I don't know what to believe, there is one thing I can be certain of,
"I think therefore I am."- Descartes
Political Science and Philosophy is the best combo of majors,