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Commentary on the Articles of Faith

This section contains all that is really important. All the rest of this extensive website is mere expansion on these fundamentals, or filler and amusements. (That is not intended to imply that you would not find it interesting to explore some of the other sections.)

If you understand and accept these Articles of Faith (you don't even have to agree with the interpretation given in the commentary), then you are an Apathetic Agnostic, whether or not you can be bothered to actually join the Church.

1. The existence of a Supreme Being is unknown and unknowable.

To believe in the existence of a god is an act of faith. To believe in the nonexistence of a god is likewise an act of faith. There is no verifiable evidence that there is a Supreme Being nor is there verifiable evidence there is not a Supreme Being. Faith is not knowledge. We can only state with assurance that we do not know.

Further commentary and discussions, pro and con, on the first article of faith can be found in Meditation 556 & discussion; Meditation 832 & discussion; Meditation 651 along with briefer comments throughout the Ask the Patriarch section.

2. If there is a Supreme Being, then that being appears to act as if apathetic to events in our universe.

All events in our Universe, including its beginning[1], can be explained with or without the existence of a Supreme Being. Thus, if there is indeed a God, then that god has had no more impact than no god at all. To all appearances, any purported Supreme Being is indifferent to our Universe and to its inhabitants.

Further commentary on the second article of faith can be found in Ask the Patriarch 215

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.

Footnote to the 3rd Article:

  1. Consistent with Meditation 451, "beginning" has been substituted for the word "creation."

Further commentary and discussion on the third article of faith can be found in Ask the Patriarch 136 & discussion

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