I hope you guys aren’t hungry! There’s going to be a lot of talk about a wedge within this post. If you’re chopping wood I’d like you to grab a black permanent marker and draw one fat line straight through the middle of the circular face of your next wooded victim. On one half of the circle write unknown, on the other half I want you to write the word knowledge. Now, as you plant your wedge directly over the top of that middle black line I want you to understand that this wedge is called, the margin for doubt. Go ahead, let the wood chips fly!

This margin for doubt is also what we Agnostic Atheist’s call a very relevant knowledge gap. In fact, the gap itself does not contain knowledge. It contains uncertainty. This uncertainty is a surprisingly useful tool. It does a pretty damn good job at splitting logical blocks of wood into either probable or improbable information based upon reality. If you don’t believe me, then use that unbelief to prove me wrong!

All joking aside, in discussions about the existence of God, if one admits that they are not completely certain that such a being exists then they are actually exposing their own margin for doubt. Logically, this person has just been honest about their own intellectual blindspot. So where does one’s faith or confidence about what is not seen factor into this discussion about human knowledge? Well, it would appear to only function as a conviction or a state of mind.

Since faith is not acknowledged by the agnostic Theist as a form of knowledge then the next question becomes: Are you not truly justified by such conditions to suspend judgement and simply acknowledge that God is not a factually known reality? If you can do this, then are you not justified to level out your own playing field and take a noncommittal stance in regards to faith? This will sound almost radical to some folks who are deeply committed to their faith position.

I probably sound a little bit like a devil trying to lure you away from the fold. Just know that I’m not actually doing that to you! In fact, what you choose to believe or disbelieve based on the evidence and what you actually know is your prerogative, not mine! All that I am illustrating here is that the question of God rests on the unknown side of that block of wood. It is not connected to what you admittedly know within this world. The knowledge side.

Now, for some people this is okay. Whoop-dee-doo, nice little mind game, Kalvin! Just keep in mind that what I am advocating is very much in line with how people do science, math, and philosophy. These methods for knowledge haven’t laid much of a bedrock at all have they? I don’t know. You be the judge!

5 thoughts on “The Wedge Between Faith & Knowledge

  1. A lot of science is build up upon theories that are not proven, that would be part of the ‘unknown’ in your allegory, but we still build on it. It is not because something is not known for sure with facts that it doesn’t work.

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    1. Yes, but even so is there any difference between uncertainty within science and uncertainty within religion? I think there tends to be a distinct difference. Religion argues from a set of authoritative claims that must be assumed. Science uses a form of induction that deals with real knowledge within the world. Knowledge within religion is passed down via tradition. In other words there is an explicit intention to keep very ancient ideas alive rather than to look for validation and make a judgment based upon the evidence. Science on the other hand does not fear being wrong about an idea. If there is no validation for a theory then it simply remains unvalidated and authorities on the subject therefore suspend judgment about the matter. They simply admit uncertainty and leave it at that. Faith on the other hand is willing to be uncertain and yet somehow assert a God in the midst of blatant uncertainty. I find this to be very problematic in my opinion.


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