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    Belief vs. skepticism....

    Ordinarily, we are skeptical of statements and claims made without much behind them in the way of support except for what amounts to "trust me."

    For example, if a man knocks on your front door, claiming he knows The Secret to Instant Riches, most people's reaction would be skepticism. If a friend claimed he saw a UFO and was abducted by aliens, we'd be skeptical, absent some physical proof.

    This is natural - taken as a given. Indeed, the few people who do trust the stranger who claims to know The Secret to Instant Riches (just give me your credit card number, please) or think aliens are here, etc. - are generally considered pitiable, naive, gullible - fools, even.

    But when the same types of claims are made about religion, the response (and our reaction) is quite different.

    Rather than skepticism, there is belief - sometimes, fervent (and even rabid). And others are expected (by social pressure) to accord these beliefs respect we would never accord the guy hawking the Secret to Instant Riches or claiming he converses with aliens from Antares.

    Why do you suppose this is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    Ordinarily, we are skeptical of
    But when the same types of claims are made about religion, the response (and our reaction) is quite different.

    Rather than skepticism, there is belief - sometimes, fervent (and even rabid). And others are expected (by social pressure) to accord these beliefs respect we would never accord the guy hawking the Secret to Instant Riches or claiming he converses with aliens from Antares.

    Why do you suppose this is?
    "Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable."
    --Oscar Wilde

    -Don Quoteman

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonTom View Post
    "Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable."
    --Oscar Wilde

    -Don Quoteman

    The "religious blind spot" is what interests me. Surely the man who claims to possess the Secret of Instant Riches is just as suspicious (or ought to be) as the man who claims Jesus Talks To Me?

    Yes?

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