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The "nothingness" of the universe

from Bill

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I find it interesting that you devote so much time and energy to promote "the nothingness" of the universe...

3. We are apathetic to the existence or nonexistence of a Supreme Being.

If there is a God, and that God does not appear to care, then there is no reason to concern ourselves with whether or not a Supreme Being exists, nor should we have any interest in satisfying the purported needs of that Supreme Being. However, our apathy to the question of God's existence does not necessarily mean we are apathetic about promoting agnosticism.

Bill:

I actually find it astonishing that you consider I devote any time and energy to promote "the nothingness" of the universe.

I am unaware that I advocate such an approach anywhere on this web site, let alone in the third Article of Faith and commentary you chose to quote.

Out of interest, I did a search of the site for the word nothingness and found four pages (not including this one) which contained the word. In three of the cases, the author was not me, and in all of the cases, the usage referred to the state prior to the existence of the universe. Only the quotation from Paul Valery in Quotations XXVI can be interpreted to suggest that nothingness might still underlie the universe.

In spite of the relative emptiness of space, I do not consider the universe represents nothingness. Rather it consists of everything that we know exists. And I take a continuing lively interest in the world and in the universe.

Lack of belief in a god does not lead to a belief in the nothingness of the universe.