Sam wrote in:
Why are you a Theist?
Ahaha. Oh man. Really? Okay.
(For those reading: that’s it. That’s the full message, as it was received.)
Well, first maybe I should clarify, I wouldn’t like… introduce myself as “a theist.” The reason this blog is called “The Ace Theist” is for the wordplay, honestly.
Anyway, I kind of wish you had said a little more or elaborated on what you were looking for here, because there’s at least several ways you could approach this question.
[cw: not hellenist friendly]
Haven’t had a contentious conversation with an atheist like this in… a while. Probably because I tend to just get casually ostracized first, which usually preempts this sort of thing.
Been thinking a little bit about the concept of “belief” lately. Loosely related, I thought this post was interesting. Here are some excerpts to entice you to read it (bolding mine):
We [Jewish people] face the now-universal injunction for those who consider themselves “religious” (there has never been such a thing on the face of this Earth before Christianity; Christianity is the first and the last ‘religion’) of “but do I really believe in G-d?” This injunction, this “test of faith” is part and parcel to a Christian mode of subjectivity which has made the (simultaneous) production of, and disavowal of doubt–the challenge of “true faith” versus “hypocrisy”, “heresy”, and “unbelief” which together form the Christian problematic–an integral part of religious experience.
It is significant that seldom in Jewish history have we drawn lines around the ‘community of believers’ in contradistinction to the apostates and the heretics. If anything, we only ever condemned those who refuse the work, a term in Hebrew (avodah) which has nothing to do with our capitalist understanding of labor but instead refers to the act of bringing about that which underlies and redeems the world, of performing mitzvot (commandments), of tzedek, tzedek tirdof (“Justice, justice you shall pursue,” Deut. 16:20). As our sages said, “It is not your responsibility to finish the work [of perfecting the world], but you are not free to desist from it either” (Rabbi Tarfun, Pirkei Avot 2:16).
lol okay check out this post I found from like a year ago.
Ignore rolequeer (the url)’s input because lol they’re not wrong, they’re just missing the point. I’m linking more for that last comment because it’s… a trip.
Where are all the jokes about “godful communists”? I expected a Google search to turn up more results than this.
content notes: vague abuse allusions, worth/esteem issues, victim-blaming, scrambled emotional gunk, God talk and religion talk, skippable, skippable, skippable
I just read the phrase “the privilege of being a monotheist” with my own two eyes. This is a real thing that someone decided to put into the world.
Today, on “The Blogger Takes Things More Seriously Than They Were Probably Intended”: let’s talk about when people make reference to the universe as some kind of sentient, powerful entity with a will of its own and the ability to make choices.