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Featured Do We Choose Our Beliefs?

Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by Left Coast, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. Hockeycowboy

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    IMO, they're taking the word of someone else, and not examining the evidence for themselves. I mean, most children trust their parents....and the laity, their clergy.

    That may not be so good with spiritual issues. In my opinion.
     
  2. Trailblazer

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    I fully agree. I think people need to look at the evidence and decide for ourselves but it is difficult for children to be objective later if they were raised in a religion.
     
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  3. Windwalker

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    But you believe the earth is solid because you want to believe that. The evidence is that it's all porous. There is nothing but space. It's only "solid" because of the interactions of gravity and electrostatic forces. We don't like believing that it's nothing but turtles all the way down. :)
     
  4. Willamena

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    "Want," to me, seems like an extra and unnecessary step between truth and belief. Regardless of how the world is described, defined, and narrated (our analyses are just that), it still serves to be concrete.

    I will grant, however, that it is a very shiny belief.
     
  5. Windwalker

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    The operative word is it "serves". Truth is what holds the structure we use together for us in order for us to feel that we have our feet firmly planted on the earth.
     
  6. Willamena

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    It still feels like an added step. ;)
     
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  8. SalixIncendium

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    It appears to me that people believe either what is credible to them or what brings them the most psychological comfort in the absence of empirical evidence. I don't think there is any choice in the matter.
     
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    I think you are right.
     
  10. Willamena

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    Truth begets comfort.
     
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