My good friend Life Coach Tim Brownson told me he was surprised that I seem to have gone from being atheist, to agnostic, to Christian, all within the space of a few weeks.
I can understand why Tim thinks that, especially as he won’t have had time to read every single blog post I’ve made over the last few weeks, averaging several per day.
But the weird thing is, he’s only partly right.
Jordan Peterson has famously been quite evasive when he’s been asked about his religious beliefs.
“Well, that depends on what you mean by ‘believe’ and what you mean by ‘God’…”– Jordan Peterson (I’m paraphrasing)
The more cynical amongst you might see that as him just dodging the question. But I really don’t think he is. If there’s one thing Jordan Peterson is, it’s honest.
“… But I act as though He exists.”– Also Jordan Peterson
This might seem like a strange distinction for Jordan to make. But actually, I think I understand where he’s coming from.
But for everyone else, here’s the deal…
The Big Reveal
As I alluded to here, I have a highly flexible belief system which incorporates ideas from Atheism (Science), Spirituality, and Christianity. I amend my beliefs according to the context. My aim is to choose whatever belief seems to have the most utility (benefit) at any given moment.Bollinger, R. (2019)
This way of thinking might seem utterly preposterous to most people. How can I believe one thing, then 10 seconds later believe the opposite?! Many of my beliefs appear to be paradoxical or mutually exclusive.
As I discussed here, I don’t believe human beings evolved primarily to perceive the world accurately. Sometimes we do, sometimes we really don’t.
Rather, we evolved to perceive the world in ways which are beneficial for our survival. Sometimes that aligns with objective reality, other times it doesn’t.
In other words, sometimes us humans delude ourselves because it’s beneficial for our survival.
That may sound like heresy, but I really do think it’s true. If you’re a truth-seeking philosopher, this concept can be a difficult one to grapple with. However, I’m now fully comfortable with it.
I also aim to be humble and open-minded. If new evidence comes along which disproves my current beliefs, either wholly or in part, then I will reject my former beliefs and go where the evidence leads. This is the essence of the scientific method and being a good scientist.
What do you think? Does all the above make sense?
Is there anyone else out there who has reached similar conclusions to me?!
Will I get kicked out of the churches of Atheism, Spirituality or Christianity for holding such paradoxical and heretical beliefs?
Time will tell.
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