There is often a difference in what we believe and what is factual. That component is logical thinking. We often choose to believe a premise without consciously employing our though processes. In religion it is known as Faith. Faith is to accept something because others believe it and the premise is comforting.
Faith based initiative for instance, by definition, require no connection to fact. They are intended to be accepted on the desire that they are true. Faith based initiatives in government are a step toward religious theocracy. There are those who believe that their personal theology should be accepted as the one true belief, and made the law of the land.
Christian fundamentalist in our country never reason that had they been born in Saudi Arabia they would be praying to Ali; had they been born in India they would pray to one-hundred gods; had they been born in Tibet they would be Buddhist; had they been born in
Israel they would be Jews;
had they been born in
they would be Taoist… We can truly say
that religion is a matter of birth – nurture over nature. And, to claim that one personal belief system
is superior to another is simply a matter of faith and has no foundation in
It would be hard to argue that these people lack belief
There are people in my family that are exceedingly religious. That they have consolation and contentment from their belief is all that matters. But, it should stop there.
I only protest against Christianity because Christianity is in my face every where I turn. I chose to think rather than believe.