Friday, July 3, 2009

A nonbeliever's thought of the day

Lack of faith, without works, is dead.


J G-W said...

You're trying to goad me, aren't you?


Thou hast no faith, and I have no works: shew me thy lack of faith with thy works, and I will shew thee my lack of faith by no works. (?!)

MoHoHawaii said...

Ha ha.

I'm actually arguing your point, that regardless of how (or even whether) you worship, you have a responsibility to manifest your good will with positive contributions to the world around you. Anything without works is dead.

Our vocabulary is too weak to express this idea except through a joke. We can only have words like faith and belief to describe those deepest parts of us that actually require neither faith nor belief to be holy. Without faith and without belief we can still experience humility, transcendence and a commitment to the welfare of others. What can we call this? There are no words.

J G-W said...

Yes, I actually got the joke, and appreciated it...!

Actually, a close friend of mine at work (who happens to be an atheist) were having a very interesting conversation along those lines. I said, "It's a shame atheists don't have some kind of 'community of faith'."

She smiled and replied, "We do. It's called the Unitarian Church."