My name is Kalvin. I’m a small town guy with some big aspirations. I originally grew up in central Wisconsin, but have since lived in Minnesota during my college years and now in Austin Texas! Like many folks in their mid-twenties I’m still pinpointing how to define and practically work out my talents effectively. Up until recently I thought I had my vision for life figured out, and yet here I am to humbly say that I am back at square one.

Starting this blog is for me a way of expressing my desire begin a journey of being the kind of individual that inspires people to have a vision of life that will undeniably bring transformation in the present as well as last for generations. My vision to be a motivator of positive change and influence has not at all wavered, however my previous framework that was supposed to be my springboard into action so to speak has completely eroded from my mind.

What was the previous driving force for positive change you may ask? It was my former Christian faith that I held to very strongly for ten years, hence the title of my blog. Words can’t even describe how deeply affected I thought I was by the person of Jesus and the Bible’s alleged vision of grace. Grace was the one concept that I could not shake! I really bought the idea that the love that Christ displayed on the cross is undeniable. I thought that no open and objective mind was justified to say that this is not the highest form of love.

I won’t deny that there is still a small part of me that is attracted to the idea of a God who would suffer and die for His creatures. Also, I will never disagree that one of the highest forms of love we can express as human beings is an unconditional love for others that is demonstrated by a willingness to lay down our lives for our friends. The biggest contender that has now won out in my life is what I like to call reasonable nonbelief. My capacity to reason and test the claims that I once held so dearly has diminished faith as having any kind of role in discovering truth. Faith is admittedly an assumption that cannot be substantiated by evidence.

This post is just a taste of what is to come. In my future posts I plan to delve into what things brought me to believe in Christianity, as well as what things have recently eroded my belief in God and the supernatural. I also plan to work out what I believe to be the best motivators for positive change in light of my recent conclusions about the role of faith in my life. I welcome your feedback!

Do you agree that reason and faith are contradictory? Is faith really not able to be substantiated by evidence? Does anyone have a similar story, and what is your vision of life for the next ten years?

4 thoughts on “The Next Ten Years

    1. Thanks for your input, I completely agree! What really has transformed my thinking as well on these matters is what I once accepted as reasonable evidence for the existence of God. To say that something looks designed is not at all evidence for a supernatural supreme being with specific attributes and defining qualities. To say that the universe has a cause does not automatically make a God that cannot be seen or validated the best explanation. No matter where we try to go logically with what science, reason, and life experience has to offer, we are stopped by a vast chasm that exists between faith and actual evidence of God’s existence. In other words, the hiddenness of God speaks volumes in my opinion.

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      1. I have recently opined that the lack of evidence for god is a physical argument against the existence of a god. Some will chirp that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence but I don’t think that is the right perspective. When one makes a positive claim of god’s existence but there is no evidence it _is_ evidence of absence.

        The assumptions that believers make have been around a very long time. It works out rather well for organized religion that most people are not informed of logic, reason, and critical thought. It also happens to work out for politicians which makes it pretty hard to get it into the school curriculum, sadly.

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  1. It doesn’t seem to be simply ignorance of logic and critical thought among many educated Theist’s, but arguably a type of cognitive dissonance in which these folks hold two or more contradictory beliefs. On one hand reason is extolled but then a fallacy is committed when faith is allegedly where the reason leads one to. When pressed with the question of how one can know with certainty that God exists, often times the answer is, “you just need to believe.”

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