A little inquiry into the nature of belief
In fact, none of them were atheists, and above all, Carl Sagan, who spoke pretty well about his beliefs, because he certainly had them. “Theism” is a “belief” just as “atheism” is a belief. So if you want people like Carl Sagan on your side, don’t kick him out of your side by your own ignorance of who and what he was and believed. Based on the facts, that’s fine. But we will never have all the facts. Science is only a progress report. 45 people are convinced that Carl Sagan was an atheist. It’s a bit disconcerting. At least I find it so. In America today, you have to be for or against something, and it’s usually something that most of us know absolutely nothing about: what another person really thinks. “I don’t know” is a disallowed response. Militant atheists are very angry people, just as their brothers and sisters of opposite faith can often be. It’s very sad. At some point, it becomes a crusade against heretics. I wonder if Ilhan Omar is an atheist?
For the most part, I really don’t care. Like Richard Feynman, I don’t think it matters if I “know”. I don’t really need it.
Richard Feynman on science versus religion and why uncertainty is at the heart of morality
“It is impossible to come up with an answer that one day will not turn out to be wrong.”
“The more comprehensible the universe seems, the more pointless it also seems.”
– The first three minutes: a modern vision of the origin of the universe, Steven Weinberg