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Go to: The Thin Skin Rule of religious folk

davedotcom's Avatar Jump to comment 11 by davedotcom

By criticising or providing evidence against a person's religion you also eat away a person's hope.

For example, my wife and my mother both believe in god, even though I'm read the one who's read the bible and (when a believer) did bible studies. My wife lost a son due to hydropsy fetalis and recently my father passed away. My wife and mother live in hope that they will one day see their lost loved ones again.

By providing evidence against that you chip away at what might be one of the few things keeping them going - hope.

Perhaps that's a bad example and off topic a little, but it's at least one reason why some of the religious are thin skinned.

Then again there are those who are thin skinned because by taking religion away, you would remove their source of easy income!

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:07:09 UTC | #928610

Go to: "Give me the boy to the age of seven and I will give you the man"

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A couple of weeks ago my 5 year old step daughter asked me the dreaded 'where did we come from' question. Before I had chance to formulate any kind of response she followed up with 'Jesus made us didn't he?'.

Unfortunately I was not shocked. The exposure that children have to religion at an early age when compared with science is crazy - in schools, sunday schools etc. However, for many reasons, religios concepts are easy for a child to grasp: Religion teaches purpose and certainty e.g we are here for a reason, god loves us. Religion is simple. Religion is rules and boundaries.

I think that children will always find it easier to grasp ideas if they see purpose and simplicity, and religion gives that. It's easier to say 'god made us' than give a watered down version of the fertilisation of the egg!

I would love to see religion and state completely separate and removed from primary education, or up to say, 8 years old perhaps. I would also love some law to be passed that says if you take your child to mass, mosque etc that they must go into a different room and be taught comparative religion and not just the brand that that place of worship spews out. Can't see it happening though!

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 12:15:37 UTC | #878407

Go to: Missing God

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This is something I also struggle with. I've been a confirmed, open non believer for about 18 months but still attended church for a few months. Catholic church too, but fairly liberal if that's possible! I then got to a point where I couldn't do it anymore, it was a lie to everyone there and myself.

I get yearnings for belief at times. When I look at my 7 month old daughter it isn't nice to think that actually, when I die I won't still be able to see her and she won't come and meet me in heaven. My father died just over a year ago and it's not nice to know I'll not see him up there when I go. My wife still attends church and thinks I'll have a re-awakening when the time is right!

But, just because aspects of reality aren't palateable doesn't mean they aren't real.

I have discovered beauty in the world and if anything, it has made me all the more determined to enjoy and maximise my limited time on this rock. I am starting a part time degree in Natural Sciences - I neraly did a Theology degree a few years ago!

Embrace the truth.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 12:48:24 UTC | #870275

Go to: 'Lucy' discoverer: Why I study human evolution

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Fantastic article. Well worth ten minutes of my lunch hour to read (couldn't watch it though)!

I love some of the comments posted too. How the YEC's love to throw some mud and then run away, too scared to confront a discussion.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 12:35:10 UTC | #870263

Go to: Why doesn't Hollywood do religion?

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Has anyone had the mis fortune to see Left Behind? It's actually a trilogy of films (aren't they all) based on the Left Behind series of novels about the End Times. Ooooh. I watched them when I was a God Botherer a few years ago (hangs head in shame).

Needless to say they're bloody awful on many levels, but worth a laugh. I think they were meant to be the biggest and most ambitious Christian films ever made, before Mel Gibson brought us The Passion.

Hey, it does star a former Marlboro Man!

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 12:10:50 UTC | #869690

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