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Go to: No Dinosaurs in Heaven

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I really like the idea behind this new documentary, but it looks like it wasn't very well made. What a shame.

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 18:29:27 UTC | #556771

Go to: The Mysteries of the Human Brain

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I agree with what Denomyar has to say about authority. Yes, children are predisposed to take everything their parents say at face value at a young age, and continue to hold the principles they were taught well into their adult lives. Dawkins himself speaks to this in The God Delusion, specifically how this kind of impressionability is advantageous from an evolutionary standpoint, which makes rejecting indoctrination even as a mature, rational adult all the more difficult. The added layer of the authority of an unseen yet all-powerful God further entrenches religious doctrine and fear in one's mind.

I think that another part of religious practice and thinking that affects how difficult it is to break free from religion is to what extent the virtue of "faith" is valued over reason and education. If you're brought up to believe that God is beyond all aspects of human reasoning, that the only access to and justification needed for the existence and will of God is blind, submissive faith in Her/Him, and that any manner of questioning is a sign of weakness or "sin," it is much easier for people to separate their belief in God from physical reality. To someone who has been taught that God exists outside "human reason," then any arguments or challenges made from "human reason" will have little to no effect. The idea that any kind of objective questioning of doctrine is morally wrong, and that blind acceptance of spiritual ideas is a sign of virtue, further hinders attempts to analyze religion objectively and reject it when it makes no logical sense. Separating reason and evidence from religion gives it incredible immunity from attack that other areas of study and aspects of life (science, medicine, murder trials, relationships, etc.) cannot have.

Fortunately for me, my parents encouraged me to read books that asserted that Christianity could make sense and be justified from historical/scientific evidence and from a logical standpoint, such as Lee Strobel's The Case for Faith and C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, when I was younger. As I got older and better educated, these authors' arguments easily fell to the staggering weight of evidence against them (. In fact, if it weren't for the emotional comfort that the idea of a loving God and the Church community provides, combined with the self-reinforcing nature of faith, I'm sure my parents would've rejected Christianity long ago.

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 16:32:23 UTC | #530957

Go to: Yavin IV reaches the edge of space

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A group of Yale students did a similar project and compiled their photos in a video on youtube. You can watch for yourself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIpM56N6jYA . They got some pretty cool shots.

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 15:50:30 UTC | #530939

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