RIP Davy Jones
I'm a theist and I don't think I'm irrational at all. First, here are some definitions courtesy of Dictionary.com (thank you Dictionary.com. All copyright for these belongs to Dictionary.com!):
the belief in one God as the creator and ruler of the universe, without rejection of revelation ( distinguished from deism).
belief in the existence of a god or gods ( opposed to atheism).
without the faculty of reason; deprived of reason.
without or deprived of normal mental clarity or sound judgment.
not in accordance with reason; utterly illogical: irrational arguments.
not endowed with the faculty of reason: irrational animals.
(of a number) not capable of being expressed exactly as a ratio of two integers.
(of a function) not capable of being expressed exactly as a ratio of two polynomials.
a basis or cause, as for some belief, action, fact, event, etc.: the reason for declaring war.
a statement presented in justification or explanation of a belief or action.
the mental powers concerned with forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences.
sound judgment; good sense.
normal or sound powers of mind; sanity.
For theism, using definition #2 only, I'm a believer. I'm also agnostic - I don't know there is a god, it's just something I believe even though I don't have evidence for it. I don't think that believing in the existence of a god makes me irrational. There isn't anything in the definitions for "irrational" or "reason" about evidence. They're more about thought, and I reckon there IS a god.
Here are my beliefs:
-Everything material is a part of god, and god is more than that. So I'm a panentheist (loosely). I don't see god as the creator of the material world. That would be a distinction between creator and created. Rather the material world is just a part of god.
-God is an it. Assigning gender to god doesn't make sense to me.
-I don't pray because that would just be talking to myself. I'm god, you're god, everything and everyone is just a part of god.
-Reincarnation is true and it's tied to evolution. Pieces or parts of god incarnate themselves as bacteria, then plants, then bugs, then animals on and on up to humans and whatever else. I believe this happens on many planets as well, not just earth.
-This means that not only has god always existed but everything and everyone has always existed. (When I say everyTHING I don't mean elements have always existed in their present form, but they were you know, energy.) When something dies, it returns to the spirit world where it remembers all of its past incarnations. (Bacteria probably aren't evolved enough to remember anything and those things just incarnate themselves again automatically, maybe.) But animals, insect colonies, humans, ETs are, on the other side, different beings from what they were in their latest incarnation. So we're not who we think we are. It's just that while we're in the material world we don't remember any of our past lives.
-The reason that evil is in the world is because that's how you grow. Going to school and doing other things you don't want to do sucks but it helps you progress. In the same way, parts of god choose to incarnate themselves in the material world in order to experience individuality and grow. On the other side, in the "spirit world," everyone is connected. You are able to think your own thoughts and create your own reality (build a house and live in that house in a body, all of which is created by your mind, for example) but you can't feel alone or experience individuality or separateness the way you can in the material world.
-The reason the material world exists is, it's just one of the ways that god lives or experiences its own life.
-There are no such places as heaven or hell, there is only a spirit world, thought planes, and other New Agey stuff like that.
-In the spirit world, the question of whether or not god exists is irrelevant. It's like asking, "does everything that exists exist?"
Beliefs end here.
As I said, these are beliefs and I could be wrong about all of them, but I believe them anyway. Maybe materialism is true. I don't know. I don't have a religion. I just imagine what may exist based on what I piece together from various spiritualist / New Age stuff. Look at definition #3 for reason. I'm using my mind and forming conclusions. That's not unreasonable.
To me this is not that same as using my mind to form a conclusion that things like the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Russel's Teapot or a Pink Unicorn exist. Those things WOULD be irrational. It's just not the same thing. What I'm talking about encompasses everything and those things don't. How is it the same?
I'm just writing this because everyone focuses on Bible God and I just want to see if anyone will make me change my mind about my version of god. For questions like "how do you think without a brain?" the answer is "I don't know" but that doesn't convince me that it's impossible.