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← How the Web is killing faith

HappyPrimate's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by HappyPrimate

Posting comments on articles relating to religious matters is more effective than one might think. Even if the replies are caustic and they seem not to be phased by the challenge to their beliefs, it does plant a seed of doubt. That seed will sprout with additional challenging encounters and, over time, the believer will seek validation of his beliefs and may find it lacking thus setting him on his own personal path out of religion. I had the experience of chatting with someone on Huff-Post who had no idea that there were other galaxies than our own. After posting a link to a YT video of Carl Sagan explaining the billions of other galaxies, that person was so astounded and asked for other links. I recently had a converation, face to face, with a man who works in my building that also had no idea that there were galaxies beyond the Milky Way. The assumption that what we here know as basic information is also known by believers is so wrong. The internet, particularly YT, is a wonderful tool, and I'm thrilled I can use it to turn others on to science and reality far easier than handing someone a book and asking them to read it.

Sun, 27 May 2012 12:21:09 UTC | #943811