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Religious logic

Going through the university this morning I discovered a poster inviting people to join a presentation. The topic was:
“Understanding what you believe” (Verstehen was man glaubt).

That gave me quite a good laugh, because it shows one of the biggest problem of religion: First you believe, then you have a look as to why and how (i.e. understand). Let me give you a small hint: Its supposed to be the other way around.

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  1. Flavio
    May 24th, 2010 at 00:23 | #1

    I agree with you, but the majority of people do the other way around, example:

    I believe in democracy. (does this person actually “knows” what is democracy?)
    I believe in education. (what kind of education? Anyone would fit?)

    So the problem is not of the religion alone, and at least the people organizing the presentation is working to correct this mistake.

  2. May 25th, 2010 at 08:51 | #2

    You are right, and people in general should know how things work if they believe them to be good.

    Yet, religion is inherently different, since it’s not truly based on reason and logic, but itself on belief. However, most people don’t even try to understand the inner logic of a faith. Myself being an atheist, I think I know more about religions and their structure than most of their followers do, which should not be the case. I have nothing against religious beliefs, but in this field, if one just accepts what he is being told, it has a higher risks to lead to fundamentalism and intolerance than most (though not all) other areas.

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