Hey, it's a pleasant Oregon summer evening. I've got a full cup of hot organic coffee sitting next to my laptop. Seems like a good time to come up with some Indisputable Churchless Truths.
"Indisputable" is the caffeine speaking. I'm pretty sure that these truths will be disputed. In fact, I hope they are. After all, they're churchless truths.
Which means, they're open to debate, discussion, disputation. If you don't agree with any of them, or want to add a truth, comment away. Just have a good reason.
That said, you'll note that I don't supply reasons for the truthfulness of my Indisputable Churchless Truths. That's because I consider them to be self-evident.
Of course, I'm me and you're you. What is crystal clear to me may elicit an I don't see it that way in you.
So share your own viewpoint if you disagree with mine.
All I ask is that since I start out by assuming these truths are indisputable, you need to offer up some good evidence or arguments if you disagree with any of them.
Indisputable Churchless Truths
(1) There is no demonstrable, convincing evidence of the God posited by the world's theistic religions (a personal God who created the universe and continues to look after it).
(2) There is no demonstrable, convincing evidence that humans live on after death in the form of soul, an astral body, or whatever.
(3) There is no demonstrable, convincing evidence that consciousness is metaphysical.
(4) There is no demonstrable, convincing evidence that any person, living or dead, has performed a miracle (meaning, using powers or abilities clearly beyond the known laws of nature).
(5) The primal questions about existence --"Why is there something rather than nothing?" or "How is there something rather than nothing?" -- are unanswered by both science and religion (and likely always will remain so).
(6) Each individual must determine, or choose, his or her own meaning of life, because life's meaning isn't a given like gravity or electromagnetism.
(7) Spirituality is an individual affair; evidence of any metaphysical realities that may exist will be subjective, not demonstrable to others.
(8) Since the veracity of each and every religion is unprovable, equally unprovable are the moral and ethical tenets derived from any and all religious teachings.
(9) Societal norms or laws are purely human, not divine.
(10) Notwithstanding the name given to these Indisputable Churchless Truths, each of them may be disputed, including this one.