An occasional series, with installments whenever I feel like it.
Theism requires the following assumptions:
- That God exists;
- That God is benevolent;
- That God is able to communicate with us in a way we can perceive;
- That God is willing to do so;
- That God has done so;
- That this communication has included God's preferences regarding our behavior;
- That we have noticed this communication;
- That we have understood or interpreted it correctly.
That's an awful lot to swallow on faith. More than any rational being should be willing to accept.
Of course, that's part of the theist/religionist dodge, isn't it? It's all got to be taken on faith and questioning isn't allowed, or is allowed only as long as your answer leads you back to obedience.