Astronaut finds confidence in beliefs through space

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  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 10, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    "'If I were to announce that I am a fundamentalist Christian or a Muslim or an atheist or an agnostic or whatever, I immediately discredit some significant proportion of the world's beliefs, and I have no desire to do that,' he said."


    What complete, presumptuous nonsense!

    One person stating they believe something that is different than or even opposite to the beliefs stated by another has, by itself, no discrediting effect at all, on anyone! And, it matters not one wit what they say or how passively, vehemently, adamantly, equivocally, truly, falsely, etc., they say it.

    The truth, whatever that is, doesn't depend on anyone's belief or even knowledge of it. We can all, simultaneously agree on the truth, whatever that is, or not. One obvious truth is that we do NOT all agree on the truth, whatever that is, and yet believe whatever we each believe despite the fact that we don't all agree. Hurray for freedom of thought and expression!

    And, in the midst of all that disagreement, the truth, whatever that is, continues unaffected. I hope we all eventually figure it out.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Nov. 8, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    From the article:
    "The world, when you look at it, it just can't be random,"


    “We have astronauts of all different beliefs, and I am yet to see any of them change their belief system, based on what they have seen. For all of us, it is a deepening and reinforcing experience.”

    Astronauts bring a lot of science & technology into space but they also bring themselves.

    Despite the cognitive dissonance contained in the two quotes above, I think he gets it right in the 2nd one. The fact that Mr. Hadfield’s faith was affirmed by his time off the planet seems irrelevant in light of that admission. Far more relevant is the perspective he gained (and has been acknowledged by many other astronauts) and the hope this should give us all.

    Reminds me of the sentiments expressed by the Jodie Foster character late in the movie Contact when she concludes her testimony before Congress… and her character was an atheist.