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Tri-Valley Skeptics Meetup Message Board › Ambrose Bierce's definition of "religion"

Ambrose Bierce's definition of "religion"

user 13351211
Stockton, CA
Post #: 33
From Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

(n.) A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
A former member
Post #: 6
Most of us skeptics immediately agree and relish such statements.... but try hard as you may to convince the believers - who can be your parents or cousins or daughter. The real question is why? What is it that make them (religious) belief despite the evidence? Why do people (90%) belief so easily despite the facts?

Actually, religion is only the most obvious of beliefs as it is the simplest & most recorded of beliefs. Beliefs exist in politics, the economy, health & medicine to name a few. These type beliefs are increasingly harder to dispel as they are held by some of the smartest people on earth with equally smart but faulty reasoning.

Are we atheist then, equally prone to beliefs too - albeit at much higher reasoning?
user 13351211
Stockton, CA
Post #: 34
Sometimes I think humans are herd animals. Comfortable in herd behavior and herd-think. There is protection within a herd, but only if you stay within its confines. Many (all?) religions are herd organizations.

From the viewpoint of the herd, the individual who strays is a) insane, and b) deserves to get eaten. It is no surprise that the pious hate individuals. Individuals disavow, and so "threaten", what the herd views as it's only means of survival.
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