Earn SBD - Levels or Degrees of Belief (or belief)

in #faith2 years ago

In my second post, I proposed a definition for belief and introduced the idea there might be different levels of belief.

A commonly accepted definition of belief is placing one's faith, trust, or confidence in the idea that some proposition is true. This definition is broad enough to encompass what many think of as different kinds - or levels - of belief. It includes those beliefs one holds dearly and is prepared to defend, what Daniel Dennett and others refer to as a "capital B Belief" like a belief in a deity, as well as those one thinks very little about, like the belief that jellyfish do not play baseball.

Today I would like to explore this idea that there may be different levels, or degrees, of belief.

To encourage responses, I am going to share 50% of the SBD earned from this post. I will also upvote all of the comments.

Here are the rules - some of which I obviously cannot enforce. :)

  1. Read the post.
  2. Do not read the comments.
  3. Upvote the post.
  4. Leave a comment to answer all four of the questions below. I'm not picky about the format of your answers, but it should be clear which answer goes with which question.

Of course, you are free to read other comments after you make your own. You are also free to make other comments.

Questions

  1. How would you describe your belief in god(s)?
    1. I do not believe in any god(s)
    2. I believe there is only one god
    3. I believe there are many gods
  2. On a scale of 1-10, how important is this belief to you and your life? An answer of one means this belief is of little importance to you, ten means you care deeply about it and probably spend most of your time thinking about it on some level
  3. Do you believe that jellyfish play baseball?
  4. Why or why not?
  5. On a scale of 1-10, how important is this belief to you and your life? An answer of one means this belief is of little importance to you, ten means you care deeply about it and probably spend most of your time thinking about it on some level

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1 1
2 10
3 no
4 it can't know the rules of baseball and want to play it
5 1

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I believe there is only one god.
Scale-wise, it probably ranks around 7-8.
I believe jellyfish would play baseball if they knew what it was, knew how to play it, and had the necessary equipment to do so.
Cos everyone loves baseball!
Scale-wise, jellyfish baseball players bother me enough to rate a 4.

Cos everyone loves baseball!

I wish that were true, my friend!

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Thanks for the SBD :)

  1. I believe there is one God.
  2. 7ish
  3. No
  4. It doesn't seem possible.
  5. 1

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