Sophist Teachings


Despite years of traditional religious education, I find myself learning the delicate art of self interest. The empowering knowledge that I am indeed the captian of my own ship leaves me with feelings of control and peace and undoubtedly a measure of guilt.
While I do most certainly believe in a higher power, i cannot subscribe to any preconceived religion. The Sophists, a group of itinerant teachers in ancient Greece, profess that truth is always relative (Tarnas 26) and that seems to me the most comfortable assurance. That leaves me with the question: Is free will the same as flexible atheism?
I know that probability in favor of a God, and yet with little or no empirical proof all ...

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me. From myself? From eternal damnations? I have a lingering suspicion that I am supposed to bleive in "something", so I try to reach deep within me for some spiritual faith. The futile attempt for absolute truth leaves me feeling frustrated. What the search has left me with is faith in myself, faith to make my own decisions and to choose my own destiny. I am not limited by chance. I can and will rely on my own mind to find my way in this life.
The are logical to me. Every person has his or her own reality. (TARNAS 27) The world is best viewed apart from religious prejudices (TARNAS 29) The only truth is that humanity doesn't kn ow the whole truth about hte Cosmos and the Covenant. The standards for right and wrong are insubstantial, (TARNAS 28) yet that is not to say that there is no right or wrong, merely that one has to find it on his own and not live by social standards.

These are just not popular values in America today. The emphasis is to belive, to be ...

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