I grew up in a religious household, but eventually became atheist. While I respect the need for religion in a person's life, here's the part I don't get: Some people are so proud...
for their street smarts, their ability to spot something fraudulent or a scam. And yet, they believe the compiled stories of a bunch of men about a person, who might or might not have existed, or, if he did, was just another "prophet" or "illusionist." They take their kids to magic shows, while knowing full well it's not for real. How is this reconciled?
OP: My question is really about how this whole fable came through for so many years--a chosen "text" that arose from the countless other texts that were out there. Protected,...(more)6-15-2016 9:54am
disseminated, and taught relentlessly, sometimes under penalty of death. The story survived but it is an ancient story--from the concept of a messiah to the the idea of a virgin birth. It takes suspension of disbelief--faith--often by people who think they are "rational" in other areas of life. I find that the conflict.
I think a lot of religious people do go through that conflict in their minds, but we are not rational creatures. The notion that we think rationally is usually an illusion anyway....(more)6-15-2016 10:00am
Plus people can rationalize anything. But I get what you are saying - I think it's bizarre too
I grew up with atheist parents who like you, "respect" religion and put down people with faith, like myself. The need to be correct is strong. No one truly has the answers, and...(more)6-15-2016 9:59am
it's a personal decision. Why do you need to reconcile anything?