Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Two kinds of prayer: faith-based; agnostic.
A person of faith might say that he has felt God. A philosopher of religion might suggest that he felt mystery or transcendence and interpreted this experience in the light of theistic belief. Thus, the philosopher should, I think, respect experience and elucidate interpretation.
The agnostic prayer might be based on hope, aspiration or desperation:
"To an unknown god..."
"If there is anyone there..."
"To whom it may concern..."
I practice meditation and agnostic prayer. Dominic Flandry utters a heart-felt agnostic prayer to his dead fiancee. I started out to discuss this but am interrupted by family responsibilities so will return to this theme shortly.