Reformed Theology Help, I think I'm agnostic...  Calvinism

Help, I think I’m agnostic…

Reformed Theology Help, I think I'm agnostic...  Calvinism
Help, I think I’m agnostic…

Throwaway account. I'm coming to /r/reformed because in my years as a christian I've seen a much more logical and intellectual approach in this circle – so I apologize if this isn't exactly welcomed here. Not sure where else to turn.

Simply put, I have been struggling for about a year now with thoughts about creation, the existence of a god or the god of the bible, how our brains create coping mechanisms, our species using religion to better survive, and in general… science / fact / thought.

I grew up christian and have read tons of books, experienced ( what I thought ) were genuine encounters with god, and have based my life on Jesus' teachings. Frankly… my life is pretty good and without applying those teachings I've found life to be miserable. Unfortunately that isn't proof enough. I have a 1 year old daughter and have begun thinking about how to best teach her about these things and have been feeling scared as I do not know exactly where I stand / how to tell her to believe in something that may not be true. * This doesn't need to be "scientific proof" just dialog.

I'm struggling to find resources ( books, videos, podcasts ) that tackle really hard questions and clearly walk through who god is, why the god of the bible is the only true god, how our minds / society didn't just make up something like religion to deal with and cope with things, how we are not just making up encounters with god, why this whole thing isn't just our brains getting a hit of dopamine preforming altruistic actions, etc.

Hoping you can help me out… The reality of a world without the god of the bible would absolutely suck. ( But again, that isn't proof enough that he does or doesn't exist )

Throwaway account. I'm coming to /r/reformed because in my years as a christian I've seen a much more logical and intellectual approach in this circle – so I apologize if this isn't exactly welcomed here. Not sure where else to turn.

Simply put, I have been struggling for about a year now with thoughts about creation, the existence of a god or the god of the bible, how our brains create coping mechanisms, our species using religion to better survive, and in general… science / fact / thought.

I grew up christian and have read tons of books, experienced ( what I thought ) were genuine encounters with god, and have based my life on Jesus' teachings. Frankly… my life is pretty good and without applying those teachings I've found life to be miserable. Unfortunately that isn't proof enough. I have a 1 year old daughter and have begun thinking about how to best teach her about these things and have been feeling scared as I do not know exactly where I stand / how to tell her to believe in something that may not be true. * This doesn't need to be "scientific proof" just dialog.

I'm struggling to find resources ( books, videos, podcasts ) that tackle really hard questions and clearly walk through who god is, why the god of the bible is the only true god, how our minds / society didn't just make up something like religion to deal with and cope with things, how we are not just making up encounters with god, why this whole thing isn't just our brains getting a hit of dopamine preforming altruistic actions, etc.

Hoping you can help me out… The reality of a world without the god of the bible would absolutely suck. ( But again, that isn't proof enough that he does or doesn't exist )

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Submitted March 17, 2017 at 07:54AM by nbolas1