Why are theists unable to think critically about their beliefs?
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24-05-2014, 07:03 PM
Why are theists unable to think critically about their beliefs?
I've never been a believer, but I've recently become very fascinated by the topic of deconversion. The common thread among these stories is that the process was sparked by actually examining the beliefs.

In speaking with my religious acquaintances about their ideologies, I have gotten the impression that these people have NEVER asked questions.

Any former theists wanna weight in on why it's hard for theists to do this?
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24-05-2014, 07:09 PM
RE: Why are theists unable to think critically about their beliefs?
(24-05-2014 07:03 PM)give me moon rocks Wrote:  I've never been a believer, but I've recently become very fascinated by the topic of deconversion. The common thread among these stories is that the process was sparked by actually examining the beliefs.

In speaking with my religious acquaintances about their ideologies, I have gotten the impression that these people have NEVER asked questions.

Any former theists wanna weight in on why it's hard for theists to do this?

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24-05-2014, 07:20 PM
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Hi Moon Rocks - good to have you here. I like your user name.

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24-05-2014, 07:25 PM
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(24-05-2014 07:20 PM)kim Wrote:  Hi Moon Rocks - good to have you here. I like your user name.

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24-05-2014, 07:55 PM
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Well most are taught not to think for themselves or question such things. Get 'em young and they're captured for life?

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24-05-2014, 08:16 PM
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(24-05-2014 07:55 PM)Elskidor Wrote:  Well most are taught not to think for themselves or question such things. Get 'em young and they're captured for life?

It's true. It is part of one's basic foundation of life.
You learn that:
• you can always rely on mommy and daddy
• 1+1=2
• God is real

This is why most people stick with the religion that they are born into.

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24-05-2014, 08:25 PM
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I suppose if it was easy to think critically, everyone would do it. Apparently for some its the equivalent of making the Olympic team. The task is so daunting they just curl up with some cheesy poofs on the couch while their imaginary god whispers "You won the lottery."

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24-05-2014, 08:27 PM
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But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.

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24-05-2014, 08:44 PM
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(24-05-2014 08:16 PM)Jeffasaurus Wrote:  
(24-05-2014 07:55 PM)Elskidor Wrote:  Well most are taught not to think for themselves or question such things. Get 'em young and they're captured for life?
This is why most people stick with the religion that they are born into.

It's amazing the world works as well as it does - isn't it???

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Atheism - political doctrine opposed to theist doctrine in public policy
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24-05-2014, 09:14 PM
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I think for most indoctrinated religious people the reason they stay with religion is because it's placebo effect makes them feel all fuzzy and warm and cradled like a child. That's their version of reality and truth. When one takes the first step to question what they were taught was true, it's like having the world turned upside down and nothing makes sense anymore. So people don't question it. It's just too damn scary. It's much easier to be cradled in religion no matter how stupid the religion is.

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