"Bullshit tastes better in small bites," so wrote not only a nonbeliever in the God hypotheses, but a person who is obviously an incredible boor as well.
I was reading the deconversion story of person who left a lifetime of atheism for the Catholic Church. Interesting. As I wrote last time out, I enjoy reading stories about conversions and deconversions. I enjoy trying to understand how the changes take place.
I well remember how, at the tender of age of 10, I slid out of my pew during a fire and brimstone revival sermon and made official what had been true about me all my life: I "accepted" a particular version of the Jesus story.
Deconverting was a much longer process. It took years, with frequent starts, stalls, regresses, and stops. At last the process was complete - or was it? I can't honestly say. I'm reminded of the words of Francis Bacon: "A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion."
I'm more and more finding myself on the road back. But that's me.
Bullshit in this matter, I suppose, is a matter of personal taste. To the boor I cited above belief in God is the bullshit. To the believer it is the denial which is bullshit.
For my part I've dined on both and wasn't aware at the time of the meal of a bad taste or troubled digestion with either, which leads me to believe that there's something wrong with the analogy.
When I was a lad in church we often sang the old Fanny Crosby hymn Rescue the Perishing, with one of it's refrains being: "Rescue the perishing, duty demands it" And I suppose on whichever side of the God question one stands there is in most folks a sense of that duty.
Why else would be believers and unbelievers heckle the dining habits of each other?
Now I'm more inclined to embrace doubt and to observe the trickiness of the workings of the human mind. The boors are those on either side who think it can all be boiled down to so simple a concept as eating bullshit. It goes much deeper than that.
The real bullshit is how easy it is for us to become smug about our own worldview.