I will award a 25000 Yen prize to anyone who can give any reason whatsoever for believing in one specific religion* over any other. My ¥25000 offer demonstrates that the hypothesis of religion is nothing more than a difference in belief.
People believe in things; they may hold that their belief is more important to their own views on reality, on morals, on being human, but they can never know that their belief is the only truth to be held. While beliefs are certainly fine to have, it is not fair to conclude that one belief system is more justified than any other.
Prove beyond reasonable doubt that one specific religion is the only possible way the observed world should be understood and the ¥25000 is yours. Any evidence is acceptable. Persons wishing to collect the ¥25000 may submit their evidence in the comments section below. A committee of one blogger (i.e. me) and the other commenters to this site will provide review of the evidence offered and, to the best of our ability, will be fair and honest in our evaluation and judgment as to the validity of the evidence presented.
*NOTE:For the reasons why I set up this competition in the first place please consult Dr. Kent Hovind here... Comments on re-drafting this proposal are very much appreciated, and as always, criticism is welcome in all forms. The Huge Entity awaits your proposal.
When I use the word religion, I am not referring to the minor variations found in all of the various beliefs held by humans across the world (otherwise known as their individuality or the freedom of their will). I am referring to the specific beliefs labeled under the header of one religious denomination (or as I like to call it: 'belief system'). To avoid confusion this includes at the very least the following categories of (religious) belief:
Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese traditional religion, Primal-Indigenous, African Traditional & Diasporic, Sikhism, Juche, Spiritism, Judaism, Bahai, Jainism, Shinto, Cao Dai, Zoroastrianism, Sant Mat / Surat Shabd Yoga, Tenrikyo, Neo-Paganism, Unitarian-Universalism, Rastafari movement and Intelligent Design...
According to some people the theory of Evolution should also be included in this list. I disagree. It is my contention that Evolution is a theory that has never aimed to conflict with the many religions I list above, and that although it has surely brought some people's belief systems into question it is so much more the deeper and most accessible of any single 'belief system' that all religious inclinations can be easily accommodated within the view of reality it elegantly explains. Therefore the teaching of evolution can be seen as a stabilising force to unite all belief systems, increasing the mutual understanding of each man, woman and child and as such benefiting all the variations of belief across humanity.
For more on the current evolution debate : Snowdeal, Paryngula ,
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