Quorto– You say God gave us our mind so, clearly, you believe in God.
Thomas– If that is your conclusion, it should, at the least, not be clear.
Quorto– You don’t believe in God?
Thomas– I will give you the simplest, most direct answer I can. I do not believe in God as depicted in the Old Testament, New Testament, Qur’an or any other religious doctrine I’m aware of.
Quorto– What’s with “God-given mind” then?
Thomas– I am speaking to those who believe God gave them their mind. I do not mean to imply there is a God. Have you ever tried to have a reasoned discussion of religious belief with a fundamentalist of any religion?
Thomas– How did it turn out?
Quorto– In a draw, I guess. He said I just didn’t understand; that I had to have faith.
Thomas– There you have it, he ended the discussion with a leap of faith. When that happens to me I suggest he leave his leap of faith behind and use his God-given mind in the hope he will recognize that when he takes the “leap” he is abandoning his mind; abandoning the mind that he would say is a gift from God.