In order to reach your fullest potential, you need to have a firm sense of reality. This means a deep respect for facts. What is, is. Things are what they are. Truth is not obliterated by the refusal to see it. Facts are not annihilated by the pretense that they do not exist. Without rational though, you are truly a workman without tools. Having blind faith in religion means faking reality -- its an irrational shortcut to knowledge, and nothing but a placebo for the mind.Philosophy is the goal toward which religion was only a helplessly blind groping. The grandeur, the reverence, the exalted purity, the austere dedication to the pursuit of truth, which are commonly associated with religion, should properly belong to the field of philosophy
You seem to imply that because a capable philosopher points his perception at religion and uses reason and logic to validate his or her beliefs then they are less intelligent than a strictly secular philosopher. For over a thousand years theology was considered the queen of sciences. The era of enlightenment was ushered in by theist scientists attempting to prove the existence of God. Francis S. Collins, the head of the National Human Genome Research Institute, after researching DNA became convinced that DNA was the product not of evolution but of divine design. Would you consider him as someone who is lacks critical thinking skills?
No human is completely rational. Our brains just don't give us the ability to be completely rational. Consider the fear of flying. Even though people who have a fear of flying know that the fear is irrational, most who have it are unable to shake it completely.
Last edited by The Night Owl; 06-16-2008 at 03:06 PM.
It's not our duty to convert. Just to spread the gospel. A forced conversion is no true conversion. It's the Holy Spirit that regenerates the heart.
But that doesn’t erase history and all the fine "traditions" held therein.
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