My Heresies

My personal belief system developed as others’, namely as a product of education and life experiences. My parents were theists and there were several protestant ministers among my immediate relatives. My father would have been one as well except the Depression interrupted his college education. As a teenager I was confirmed as a member of the Methodist Church. As an undergraduate in college I studied philosophy and for the first time encountered discussions of arguments for and against God’s existence. I found the argument from evil (for God’s nonexistence) and the failure of the Free Will Defense (as an answer to natural evil) decisive. Also influential was my reading of the biography of Edgar Casey by Thomas Sugrue entitled There Is a River. That work made me question the physicalism embraced by most contemporary philosophers. In summary I remain an agnostic with an open mind about the nature of reality.

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