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Old 01-24-2007, 05:36 PM   #12
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Re: The Root of all Evil/Trobule With Atheism

Originally Posted by Avptallarita View Post
I think that what atheism does is not to claim that the objects of the universe must be quantifiable; rather, it identifies our faculty of knowledge with our faculty for quantitative (and qualitative) judgement.* Thus, it's not saying that there is nothing out there that cannot be quantified, but that anything that can't, must appeal to something in ourselves that is not our system of knowledge (or system of reasoning, understanding), and thus cannot lay the claim to being "knowledge". It does not exclude the set of human experiences that constitute faith, it's just saying that they're something different from what we understand as knowledge.
I completely agree, but only to the extent that you assume that rational knowledge is the only kind of knowledge there is. Faith is by definition an "intuitive knowledge."
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