Wednesday, 25 February 2009
The Paradox Of Bishop Richard Williams Beliefs
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I find it fascinating that controversial Bishop Richard Williams belongs to a profession that depends entirely on belief in a meta-physical entity and yet he disbelieves the physical evidence of the holocaust.
It would be interesting to hear his explanation for the criteria he uses for judging what counts as 'knowledge'. By his reckoning it seems you can be choosy with empirical evidence (unless the film crews at Belsen staged everything, the survivors of the concentration camps are lying, and the nazi staffers made up their records, which I doubt) and you can have faith in something that is invisible and for which there is no way of testing for its existence.
Please do not misunderstand me. I am not arguing for a position that says people shouldn't hold a spiritual faith and be concerned with spiritual affairs, I am just pointing out that it is curious that he prefers to believe in something that has less empirical evidence than something like the extermination of six million people.
As we know, we can believe in things that are not true and disbelieve things that are true. This is gullibility.
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