virus: Agnosticism

Mon, 31 Mar 1997 13:45:32 -0500 (EST)

Hi folks!
Let me start off by saying that I am new to this mailing list, so if the
topic I am about to bring up has been thoroughly discussed before, feel
free to ignore me. :)
Secondly, I am about to play Devil's Advocate with you, so don't think
that what I say is necessarily my belief...I just thought it was an
interesting point that maybe has not been thought of before. The ideas
behind Virus are very new to me, and while I do have a basic understanding
of the premises, I will not pretend to be a master of the Virus ideology,
so *please* forgive me if I am misinterpreting your belief system.

That said, here we go:
The dictionary defines "faith" as a belief or set of beliefs held to be
true without proof of its validity. This means that any assertation
without proof is an act of faith, which your ideology says is a sin.
This seems logical enough, but the ramifications of this fact are very
far reaching. If you accept the above definition to be true (that ANY
belief without proof is faith), then Virus is guilty 2 of its own sins.
Let me explain. The homepage that introduced me to virus implied that
there was no higher power, and that one should not be talked into beliving
in any higher power. Isn't that a belief held without proof? I doubt
anyone can *prove* that there is no higher power. Therefore, your
assertion that there is no higher power is an act of faith (violation of
one of your sins). Furthermore, sinse you are practicing one of your own
sins, but tell other people not to commit any of the sins, you are being
hypocritical (violation of another one of your sins).
Both the belief in a higher power, and a disbelief in a higher power are
acts of faith. The only ideology that does not violate any of your sins is


Once again, I'm just throwing this topic up into the air, and do not necessarily believe it myself. I was just interested in getting your response to it. Forgive me if my repeated disclaimers are annoying, but I tend to be a bit jumpy on mailing lists because most people get violently upset when you challenge their belief systems. Bye for now. -CBS