possibilianism I know we're not supposed to talk about religion, politics, sex, abortion, guns, or homosexuality - but I thought today's calendar cartoon was too poignant to ignore.

Do you believe in the Bible, Jesus Christ, his mother, the Apostles, a prophet, or science?

Does it have to be either-or? Can't it be yes-and?

I don't know what to believe just yet, but I think it would be terribly nice if we could all have a conversation about it, as David Eagleman suggests with his view, Possibilianism:

"Our ignorance of the cosmos is too vast to commit to atheism, and yet we know too much to commit to a particular religion. A third position, agnosticism, is often an uninteresting stance in which a person simply questions whether his traditional religious story (say, a man with a beard on a cloud) is true or not true. But with Possibilianism I'm hoping to define a new position -- one that emphasizes the exploration of new, unconsidered possibilities. Possibilianism is comfortable holding multiple ideas in mind; it is not interested in committing to any particular story."

Isn't it a thrill? What if there's a basis for the extraterrestrials theory like in the movie, The 5th Element? Or maybe we can go all the way BC and spend some more time understanding Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism?

What appeals most to me is the open discourse and inclusion - all options are considered on their own merit. None (for now) is considered the one and ultimate truth, none is imposed on others. We can say how we feel and what we think without fear of being attacked, ridiculed, or killed in the name of a supposedly benevolent being. That sounds like true religious freedom to me.

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