By William Irwin, March 26 2016 (LINK to article)
"a doubt of desire approaches the question with the hope that a higher power could be found that would provide greater meaning and value to human existence"This pretty much describes what has long been my own position, based on the philosophical equivalent of Heisenberg's "uncertainly principle": the only think I'm certain of is my own uncertainty - and, of course, I'm not absolutely certain of that either.
One is always dealing with probabilities, but in order not to be paralysed by indecision, one must sometimes act, or refrain from acting, on the assumption that one has certainty, even while knowing that one doesn't.
"the open-minded search for truth can unite believers and nonbelievers"I like that, because united we might stand, i.e. survive and prosper long into the future, but divided as we ARE, in countless different ways, we will most certainly fall (with a probability of I estimate at >99.99 %) - and pretty soon, unless we can pull of the seeming miracle of uniting.
The truth we urgently need to face up to is that of our own Darwinian nature and its implications or understanding ourselves, our civilisation and situation, which a previous generation of academics made a taboo of doing, in OVERREACTION to the Nazis having hijacked and abused, for their own EVIL purposes, the half-baked ideas of social Darwinism.
If we are to overcome this taboo, we must understand its source: The West's Overreaction to Nazism.