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In the previous episode we have proposed a set of axioms, which we called the Axioms of Faith. I will make a statement, which I will support in the next episode, namely, that the only religious model that is rooted in all these four axioms is Biblical Christianity.
But before that, we will briefly explore which religious models resulted from the rejection of the proposed axioms.
Let’s take the first axiom: some thinkers had another intuition, another belief, namely that the first axiom could be replaced by its denial.
Thus, two new religious models were born: ATHEISM – there is no God, and POLYTHEISM – there is more than one God.
I know, you are surprised, but atheism is a religion, because it proposes an axiomatic hypothesis about God’s in-existence.
Having said that, it is quite strange to see so many public debates between believers and atheists, trying to demonstrate to each other the truth value of an axiom.
Of course, intuitive arguments are welcome, but not proofs, because you do not prove an axiom, you simply believe it.
The second, as well as the third axiom, are broadly challenged in Oriental religions and tribal cultures, resulting in a diverse range of Pantheistic and Animistic religious beliefs, considering that God is not a person, but rather an impersonal entity, an energy, being one with creation, merged with it.
The last axiom, which is actually the most important, is also the most widely contested of all. Its denial could be formulated as follows: “God IS NOT involved in, and DOES NOT LOVE his creation.”
Thus, another religious model, called DEISM, is born, which claims that God, even if He was the originator of creation, did not have much involvement in the life of his creation after the original creative impulse.
In fact, deistic thinking is the intersection point, the confluence of all alternative beliefs, including unfortunately most of the non-biblical Christian faiths.
Because, it is essentially irrelevant how God is, it is even irrelevant if God exists, as long as he is not involved with and doesn’t love His creation.
In this context, man and his religious traditions become more important than God and His will. In conclusion, in all deistic religions, including Atheism, man becomes the measure of all things.
Returning to the parallel between math and faith, we have shown that the force of mathematics lies less in its logical construction, but rather in its intuitively correct premises and its wide applicability in practical life.
In the same way, the force of faith lies in its intuitively correct premises and how it operates when put into practice. And because you can not challenge your intuition, this being a purely subjective matter, the practical functioning of faith remains the only test for a religious theory.
In other words, “Let’s see what did your religion do, what kind of results did it produce, in life and society”.
And because I would prefer not to draw personal conclusions regarding the above-mentioned religious models and their effect on those societies where they became state religions, I invite you to do this exercise yourself and draw the appropriate conclusions.
In the last episode of our series on Math and Faith, we will build the only religious model that is based on all four proposed axioms, namely, Biblical Christianity.