"Faithless" as written by and Alex Lifeson Neil Peart....
I've got my own moral compass to steer by
A guiding star beats a spirit in the sky
And all the preaching voices
Empty vessels of dreams so loud
As they move among the crowd
Fools and thieves are well disguised
In the temple and marketplace
In the temple and marketplace

Like a stone in the river
Against the floods of spring
I will quietly resist
I will quietly resist

Like the willows in the wind
Or the cliffs along the ocean
I will quietly resist
I will quietly resist

I don't have faith in faith
I don't believe in belief
You can call me faithless
You can call me faithless
I still cling to hope
And I believe in love
And that's faith enough for me
And that's faith enough for me

I've got my own spirit level for balance
To tell if my choice is leaning up or down
And all the shouting voices
Try to throw me off my course
Some by sermon, some by force
Fools and thieves are dangerous
In the temple and marketplace
In the temple and marketplace

Like a forest bows to winter
Beneath the deep white silence
I will quietly resist

I don't have faith in faith
I don't believe in belief
You can call me faithless
You can call me faithless
I still cling to hope
And I believe in love
And that's faith enough for me
And that's faith enough for me

Like a flower in the desert
That only blooms at night
I will quietly resist

I don't have faith in faith
I don't believe in belief
You can call me faithless
You can call me faithless
I still cling to hope
And I believe in love
And that's faith enough for me
And that's faith enough for me

And that's faith enough for me


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"Faithless" as written by Geddy Lee Weinrib Alex Lifeson

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  • +5
    General CommentNo need to feel sorry for us atheists raggamuffin. I'm perfectly happy as an atheist. In fact, I feel sorry for people deluded by superstition. And no, you don't need superstition to have morals.

    This song is wonderful. Its about how atheists have to struggle to persevere in a North American culture that distinctly and increasingly biased against the non-religious. He will "quietly resist" those that try to sway him to superstition whether by "sermon" or "force" and simply try and go about living his own life as a secure and happy rational person, as best he can. Quite inspiring.
    gravitonon September 19, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General Commentragamuffin and degulleo, thanks for the sermons. I won't try and debate you. Rather, I will simply "quietly resist" and enjoy my life on a rational basis, leaving superstition behind. I simply hope that your can live your lives in happiness and tolerance for others who don't buy into your myths.
    gravitonon November 19, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentdeguello1836, what do you mean no one ever disputes that we are sinners? Most atheists and agnostics don't believe "sin" exists.
    And if one doesn't believe in God, then how can one believe they have fallen short of God? That's like saying we have fallen short of Superman.

    How can you be so certain that the Bible is true and that there is a God? Two-thirds of the people on the planet believe the Bible is not true. No matter what religion you believe, there are more that disagree with you than think you are correct. I'm an atheist-leaning agnostic. I don't believe that there is God, but I am not 100% certain. I'm not 100% certain that bigfoot doesn't exist either. However, without reliable evidence, I won't believe in either.

    Let's say that when you were growing up, your parents told you that God gave a man named Jack some magic beans and a giant beanstalk grew and Jack climbed the beanstalk to Heaven and stole a golden egg. Let's also say your parents told you a "fairy tale" about Noah and the ark. Wouldn't you believe the story of Jack and the gaint beanstalk was true and the story of Noah's ark was fiction?
    Zepfreakon October 04, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSo by that logic how can you be sure Satan didnt spread the third law of thermodynamics in order to confuse people from gods 'true' message of evolution? Anyone can call the others view 'confused by satan'

    Personal experience and upbringing will always effect your stance, some people put their faith in a higher power and some just put their faith in their own sense of right and wrong without the notion of something higher. Neil knows where he stands and says he will resist any suggestion that it in itself is misguided or sad

    In my personal opinion:

    Religious people do nice things to please god
    ------------------------------------------------------
    Atheists do nice things because theyre nice people
    eggboy1988on March 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, uh, I'd dare to say hundreds of millions of religious people around the globe would disagree with the idea that religion isn't necessary in order for someone to be moral. That said, it is a significant statement being made. It's a message that's increasingly being forgotten as war, genocide, and socio-economic inequity stoke the fires of religious and cultural fanaticism around the world. Religion certainly isn't the cause of all the world's problems, but it certainly is one of the time-honored excuse to cause problems.

    Anyway, the lyrics remind me of the countless nonbelievers I've met over the years who have wanted nothing more than to live their lives quietly and peacefully despite the fact that they're still thought of as Bolsheviks in the popular consciousness, distrusted for their supposed immorality, and misrepresented by clowns like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, et al. The point of the song is not to claim victimhood, though, but to remain confident and steadfast in the face of ignorance and misunderstanding.
    swollen uvulaon January 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"A guiding star beats a spirit in the sky" says it all. Basing morality on logical reasoning, instead of the threat of eternal punishment from the invisible sky-daddy, is superior in every way. Research the answers to the following two questions honestly and tell me how anyone can actually choose to be a part of all this religious nonsense:

    What good has ever been done by/for religion that couldn't have been done without it?

    How much evil has been perpetrated solely because of religion?
    reeduon January 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLurtz i agree with you. Does any one remember the two part series of South Park? Go God Go and Go God Go XII.
    In short Cartman froze himself and found the future of all atheists. They said things like ''In the name of science'' and ''Science help us''. The 3 atheist groups were at war, and you don't find out what the war is based on until the end. Their war, in which they were prepared to die for their beliefs, was what should atheists call themselves. United Atheist Legue, Allied Atheist Alliance etc. Its not the religion that makes people kill people its the people. There are sane and insane people in most religions ( ones that probably don't have sane people are Satanists )
    rushpwnsxon April 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe that this song is about athiests, and how they believe in things like hope also. Good song.
    thewritingwriter300on July 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGod is a comforting thought. But we're comforted by other things. Love. Hope.
    Doesnt take religion to be an ethical person.
    In fact sometimes ethics are hard to find in religious people.
    Extreme religiousness I mean.
    There's plenty of history to back that statement up.
    Holocaust
    Crusades
    etc.

    "Ask a deeply religious Christian if he’d rather live next to a bearded Muslim that may or may not be plotting a terror attack, or an atheist that may or may not show him how to set up a wireless network in his house. On the scale of prejudice, atheists don’t seem so bad lately." -Scott Adams
    YourEuphoriaon July 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with raggamuffin.
    I think they say it plain that "the guiding star beats the spirit in the sky" -- they believe in the teaching of Jesus Christ, but not of the spiritual higher-than-thous of the world or the "fools and thieves well disquised in the temples".
    As far as your question of quietly resisting: the metaphors before that line explain the resistance from within, not from without. My understanding of this song fits me because of the way I can sit in church, and listen to the interpetations of JC's teachings and not believe that the minister or anyone else there is holier than me, Thats where the resistance is, not martyring the speaker for the beliefs.
    I don't believe like previous generations that God is a God of venegence and brutality, but a God of hope and love.
    mrbubbleon June 13, 2008   Link

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