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RE: [humanism-174] Belief Systems

From: Marni H.
Sent on: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 12:03 AM

That is a mystery, isn’t it?

 

Lately, I’ve been talking more freely about my non-belief to my co-workers, etc. (though I’ve never really hidden it). To their credit, no one has told me I will burn for all eternity or anything like that. I see much evidence of religious doubt in some of these folks- yet, there is always a point in our conversations when they clam up & act like they don’t want to talk about it anymore. Maybe it’s an irrational fear that God is always hovering over every thought of theirs; maybe it’s an irrational fear of going to hell. It has to be some sort of fear! Brainwashing doesn’t help either…

 

Mark

 

 


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of sylvie williams
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2007 11:15 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [humanism-174] Belief Systems

 

It often amazes me that seemingly inteligent people actualy believe, without question,  the things that their religion teaches them. At some point they MUST doubt some things they have been taught. Most of it just does'nt make sense. It IS irrational.  

john f kaiser <[address removed]> wrote:

Someone said they didn't want to offend others that
have different beliefs than theirs. I am not worried
about offending anyone I just want them to think
rationally about their beliefs. Think rationally about
how they came to those beliefs. If they suddenly found
themselves in a deserted island with no holy books -
how would they justify their belief. If you had to
start from scratch with no historical references how
would you build a belief system. You can't turn over a
rock and find a " MADE BY GOD" sticker on the bottom of
it. How would you come to that conclusion using only
your rational mind.
Some beliefs are wrong - for instance belief that the
Earth is flat.
I'm not saying that we need to preach to the theist.
I'm just saying we need to be able to identify
irrational beliefs and explain why they are
irrational.
We don't need to argue. If after we explain how there
belief is irrational and they still want to think that
way, then so be it. It would be ethically dishonest to
do otherwise. If we don't at least identify irrational
thinking we are doing our fellow man and women a
disservice. Humans don't always think rationally (I'm
in a league of my own when it comes to thinking
irrationally), but I think the rational thinking Human
is the biggest most important step in our evolution.
It will lead us to places our ancestors could not even
dream about. I think it is important that we encourage
our fellow man to embrace rational thinking.

Everyone please Think Rationally. Our future depends
on it.



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