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Atheists/Agnostics/Skeptics! What are your sources of knowledge?

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by paarsurrey, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. paarsurrey

    paarsurrey Veteran Member

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    Everybody could respond. Theists or Non-theists.

    Regards
     
  2. Quintessence

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    Everything. Limiting your sources of knowledge is so... limiting. However, not all sources of knowledge are equal when it comes to particular applications.
     
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  3. LuisDantas

    LuisDantas Aura of atheification
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    Uh, is there any particular reason why our sources of knowledge would be different from anyone else's?
     
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  4. 9-10ths_Penguin

    9-10ths_Penguin 1/10 Riboflavin
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    I sense a "philosophy is difficult, therefore God" argument coming.
     
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  5. jonathan180iq

    jonathan180iq Well-Known Member

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    Everything is a source of knowledge.
     
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  6. Infinitum

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    I have to admit "everything" sums it up pretty nicely. Depending on the topic I either prefer sources that are as close to the original information as possible (e.g. archaeological finds, original texts, scientific studies, etc) but when that isn't possible I try to look for sources that use these. When I read books I favour the ones that are written by people with a good academic reputation and that include references to the sources they've been using (so I can look up the information on my own if I feel the need to). I value writers who look at a subject from many perspectives, and who use logical argumentation to show why they've come to a certain conclusion. To sum it up, I like sources that allow me to assess the information myself instead of simply being told what's true or not.
     
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  7. Disciple of Jesus

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    As a skeptic my sources are different types of skepticism methods, everything from simple questioning of the 'source' of some information, to configuring possible arguments against a theory being presented.

    Ps I noticed that wasn't quite the question you posed..My sources are all the usual and then some. With regards to religion, it is more about researching ideas and beliefs than trying to 'figure out' what the Scripture is saying.
     
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  8. Shadow Wolf

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    I personally don't describe myself as a skeptic. I just realize and acknowledge, not just admitting and knowing, that I know nothing.
    As for what is knowledge, everything we observe and take in is knowledge. There is something to be learned from everything.
     
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    Everything. Religion is an interesting source of knowledge, actually. Hence one of the reasons why I'm here.
     
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  10. paarsurrey

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    The believers of Religion have sources of knowledge like Word of Revelation from G-d in addition to the other sources available to the Atheists.

    Regards
     
  11. Ingledsva

    Ingledsva HEATHEN ALASKAN

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    Great replies! I agree with most of you. :)

    Paarsurrey - There is no way to prove the "knowledge" in religious texts is true.

    However there are interesting things to learn in all religious and philosophical texts.

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  12. Quintessence

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    I disagree completely. Any literate human being can read the Bible and use it as a source of knowledge. It doesn't matter if one is atheist or theist.
     
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  13. KnightOwl

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    The Bible is among my knowledge sources. It was in fact, quite useful in helping me decide to be an atheist.
     
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  14. columbus

    columbus Conservative Catholic from Hell

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    I have far too many sources of knowledge to list on an internet post.

    By knowledge I mean " Beliefs I hold because the evidence is sufficient". The sources of that evidence are numerous and varied. A big factor in choosing them is the importance of the question.

    But one thing I have noticed in my decades of life is that believers of Religion know less about reality than other people, in general. They are more likely to ignore evidence about what is true because it conflicts with something that they prefer to believe.

    Tom
     
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    columbus Conservative Catholic from Hell

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    Me too.
    When I realised that the Bible did not include Jesus explaining the Trinity or the Problem of Evil or Heaven/Hell/Judgement or anything, I realised that Christianity was made up by people who didn't have a clue.

    Tom
     
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  16. Quintessence

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    I don't quite understand. There isn't a single religion of which I am aware that defines itself solely by reading and interpreting a sacred text (literally or otherwise). Why does adapting itself and breathing beyond the confines of a book mean it was made up by clueless people? I'm really not following your logic here.
     
  17. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Ignorant Heathen Libertarian Capitalist
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    Everything but religious works, bodice rippers, manga, Chaucer, fashion magazines, & academic journals.
     
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    I forget what manga it was, but I saw one that made the claim that zombie movies do better during better economic times while vampire movies do better during sluggish economic times. I then done a search to see if this claim is true, and I found an academic journal that mentioned it. So while we may all have different scape goats for the economic recession, we can all throw our rage at it for paving the ground for Twilight.
     
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  19. columbus

    columbus Conservative Catholic from Hell

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    Sorry I was unclear.

    What I meant was the Bible was written by people who were clueless about the later claims that traditonal Christians would make, such as "Trinitarian Monotheism". Lot's of Christians still have a literalist view. Despite reading Genesis, for example.

    The fact that so many Christians don't put too much stock in the Scripture is , I think, quite in line with Jesus' teaching. One of my favorites of His meta-messages is "Do what is right, not what some ancient teaching tells you".

    Tom
     
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  20. Quintessence

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    Gotcha. That does clarify.
     
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