Religion and Science-Your beliefs. Jun 30, 2011 23:33:19 GMT -5
Post by Kaneda on Jun 30, 2011 23:33:19 GMT -5
As long as they think they're right. That alone automatically excludes the possibility of others (not necessarily ALL others) who believe different things with an equivalent degree of justification from being right. You could say perhaps that the specific level of inherent narcissism does vary depending upon what they believe in and how strongly. Faith in the most basic concept of god could be considered less arrogant than faith in all of the bible, as the stripping down of the concept increases the probability of being correct. Someone who is open to the possibility of being wrong could probably be seen as possessing a less arrogant faith than a militant fundamentalist.
edit: The influence of location and upbringing should be considered as well. Although now people have access to all of the world's religions, before it was just what was normal in your area plus whatever missionary groups found their way over. For a lot of people, I think there's a pressure to stick with what they currently have because that is what their family believed for generations. To turn against that is in a way to turn against what they all believed as well. But would that belief still be the same if they had been planted in a different part of the world centuries earlier? No way to tell, of course, but I'd be curious.
What feels best to ourselves is the motivation for choosing a personal philosophy, not a system by which we think the universe works. To choose a faith based religion simply because it feels better strikes me as demanding of an astonishing level of disinterest in truth and knowledge. When someone becomes Christian, it doesn't just mean that they like the empathetic, pro-welfare, neighborly love moral guidelines, it means they believe in a tremendous amount of historical and scientific alterations for which "it feels good" seems like hardly sensible justification.
And in regards to your second point, you raise a child to think something, they're more likely to think it. That's part of what faith is for many people. Things you accept as a given because you've always thought them. Religion benefits from having such a nice word always associated with goodness and positives to assign that cognitive phenomenon to.
You're the one who decides to do that. I don't see what relevance your personal philosophical approach to a universe without an afterlife has to the merits or failings of atheism. Its one of the responsibilities of an atheist to come to terms with the absence of a nice little gift-wrapped universal meaning. I think it's a shame that so many religious people never have to go through with it, maybe they'd find something better suited towards themselves as individuals.
If you think that "if there's nothing after death we may as well just die and get it over with", then I'm sorry that your life sucks.
I also never said everyone's going to happy candy island. That's stupid.
I said it was a secret candy island. It's entirely possible that it's also quite melancholy.