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YHWH's Avatar Jump to comment 20 by YHWH

I don't think faith is believing things without evidence.

I think faith is believing things which we all - believers and non-believers - know, deep down, to be stupid.

That's why hardly any believers actually act on their beliefs, and why those that do are seen by everyone as dangerous and objectionable. Fundamentalism, in which beliefs are taken to their logical conclusion, is the reductio ad absurdam of religion.

When we are being polite, we let these stupidities pass to spare other peoples' embarrassment and our own, and this is why Richard Dawkins seems so shocking, no matter how polite and softly spoken he is, when he points out that it's all rubbish.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:53:49 UTC | #930755