prune picker

This is the blog of a prune picker. (Native born Californian) Retired oilfield. I am an old man. (91) I blog a lot about my body and getting old. As I approach death life gets more interesting. More interesting is not good. I still drive. I attend sports, music, and civic events. I am writing my memoirs. I attend swim class three times a week. Some of my blogs might be interesting. A lot of my blogs are silly and trivial. None are very long.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Some thoughts on religion.

I came across the following in The True Believer by Eric Hofer.

The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a God or not. The atheist is a religious person. He believes in atheism as though it was a new religion. He is an atheist with devoutness and unction.

Interesting. This statement agrees with my thoughts on the subject. Many atheists, that I have met, are true believers. Personally I find it difficult (impossible?) to be a true believer.


  1. Replies
    1. Don't be sad for me Kerry. I am so happy for you and your belief.

  2. I'm kinda the same way.

  3. There can be many definitions for any philosophical position. According to yours, I would be an agnostic like yourself as I often say I'm more certain of what I don't believe than what I do. I'm not fanatical but I fear and mistrust the religious fanatic. Just look at the history of this world. Many Christians feel that any ex-believer who denies god is angry or disappointed but I came to my position through years of observation, study and the decision to trust in my own "god-given" brain. Your comments on this subject are lovely and I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

    1. Thanks for your comments, Nancy. I believe that we agree on many things.


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