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An Interesting Explanation

Discussion in 'Comparative Religion' started by Engyo, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Engyo

    Engyo Prince of Dorkness!

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    Very interesting explanation; makes a lot of sense...............
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    Hi, I’m Evangelical and I Don’t Trust You

    For some time now, I’ve felt that Evangelicals in the United States (and throughout the world for that matter) are generally scared of secularism and atheism more than anything else. While Muslims and Mormons may garner much of the media attention and picketing from Evangelicals, I had an inkling that ole’ Joe or Jill Atheist was an increasingly more intimidating individual for most Evangelicals and that the specter of “secularism” and atheism was more menacing.

    A recently published (June 22, 2011) Pew Forum report on worldwide Evangelicals lends credibility to such a hypothesis.

    While sex, violence and consumerism rank near the top of the “threat countdown” for Evangelicals it is the “influence of secularism” that most terrorizes Evangelicals in the theoretical dark of the night. Conflict between religious groups, say between Muslims and Christians or Mormons and Evangelicals, barely even registers when compared to the prospect of growing secularism.

    Furthermore, while it is certainly true that Evangelicals don’t hold a very favorable opinion of Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims (65-67% hold an unfavorable view of these groups) it is the Atheist demographic that garners the statistically higher unfavorable opinion among Evangelicals (70%).*

    Why might this be the case?

    Hi, I’m Evangelical and I Don’t Trust You | Sacred Duty | a Chron.com blog
     
  2. Kilgore Trout

    Kilgore Trout Misanthropic Humanist

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    It's threatening and scary when you see people who are able to do fine without the limitations you thought were necessarily imposed on everyone. It's easier to violently react against this, then to face the possibility that you can break your own chains.
     
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  3. waitasec

    waitasec New Member

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    secularism is the arch nemesis of theism...
    this is from another thread

    scary...
     
  4. 9-10ths_Penguin

    9-10ths_Penguin 1/10 Superstylin' Staff Member Premium Member

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    Right - I could never figure out why people would get mad at ads and messages that basically amounted to nothing more than "atheists exist"... until I realized that if your worldview is based on the idea that faith is as necessary as breathing, then a person who can exist just fine without faith is a fundamental threat to that worldview.
     
  5. Jayhawker Soule

    Jayhawker Soule Well-Known Member

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    What limitations, Kilgore?
     
  6. Kilgore Trout

    Kilgore Trout Misanthropic Humanist

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    Basically, what Penguin said.
     
  7. waitasec

    waitasec New Member

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    well said.


    i would love to see a billboard that simply states "atheists exist..."


    in fact, i'd laugh my arse off if i ever did.
     
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  8. 9-10ths_Penguin

    9-10ths_Penguin 1/10 Superstylin' Staff Member Premium Member

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    "Don't believe in God? You are not alone" comes pretty close, and it's been rejected by more than one transit agency as "too controversial".
     
  9. Kilgore Trout

    Kilgore Trout Misanthropic Humanist

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    Well, if you allow such perverse views to become normalized, then that opens up the door for all sorts of other immoral ideas, such as homosexual marriage, to be portrayed as normal as well. We've got to protect people from these evil concepts, and make sure they are restricted to the antisocial perverts and weirdos.
     
  10. LuisDantas

    LuisDantas Aura of atheification Staff Member Premium Member

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    For a while now I feel that a variation of that disconfort is the reason why Creationism exists as an organized movement.
     
  11. no-body

    no-body Well-Known Member

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    The funny thing is secular views probably match the spirit of Jesus teachings more than the evangelicals views themselves.
     
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  12. waitasec

    waitasec New Member

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    spot on captain...:yes:
    go figure...
     
  13. LuisDantas

    LuisDantas Aura of atheification Staff Member Premium Member

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    Which goes to show how faith and belief are so different from each other that they may easily oppose each other.
     
  14. Skwim

    Skwim Well-Known Member

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    And because atheists and agnostics can exist fine without faith, I think they also consider it an attractive option their children might be drawn to. :eek:
     
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