An insightful post by Michael Kenny on “Journey towards Easter” that should help respond to some of the recent questions posed in the comment section of our blog.
It is often asserted that agnosticism is the ‘default option’ when it comes to religious belief. People will claim that there is just not enough evidence either way to make a decision as to whether or not God exists. However, this, it seems to me, is something of a recent phenomenon, and contrary to the common experience of most cultures and ages. A quick survey of human history will provide ample evidence that it is properly basic to human experience to acknowledge the existence of some sort of divinity, which is responsible for the creation of the world, and the foundation of all the goodness and truth recognised by human beings.
This latter term – ‘recognise’ – is itself an illuminating one in this context, insofar as when we recognise something we experience re-cognition, or re-knowing (the word comes from the Latin cognoscere – ‘to know’). So in recognising something about the world, we are affirming something that, in a sense, we have always known; or rather, when its truth dawns upon us, it is a rediscovery of something that has always been fundamental to our understanding of the world. This is supremely the case in the recognition that God exists and has made the world, as well as the many corollary truths that flow from that….