16th October 2011

“Religious theme parks are unlikely to persuade anyone to take religion seriously!”

Anon.

6 Responses to “16th October 2011”

  1. R J Says:

    ” OR ”

    … or religious books
    … or religious art
    … or religious rites
    ,,, or religious holidays
    … or religious leaders
    … or religious gods

  2. John Says:

    Sad to say however, never overlook the “idiot factor”!

  3. archaeopteryx Says:

    I suppose those who visit want confirmation of belief or, if they are skeptical, a chance to wonder at how people can believe the unbelievable. The owners of the theme park take the money either way.

  4. jhm Says:

    Excepting the unfortunate children.

  5. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Some people need a narrative they can take as their own, and in all things, not just religion.

    We have all seen people rigorously defend the indefensible from why their kid didn’t get picked for the “A” team to Zoroastrianism.

    Is it the Steelers or the Packers that are actually the greatest football team ever? How about politics: Is it the Democrats or Republicans that really care about people?

    There are narratives to bolster up arguments/positions/beliefs everywhere.

    I like to think about the important positions I have for looking at them loosely as a scientist. The scientific method:

    The steps of the scientific method are to:
    Ask a Question
    Do Background Research
    Construct a Hypothesis
    Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment
    Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion
    Communicate Your Results

    Instruction in the scientific method can’t be called indoctrination because the fundamental principles of science call for critical self-evaluation and skeptical scrutiny of one’s own idea.

    Indoctrination is often associated with negative connotations in the context of education, political opinions, theology or religious dogma.

    Indoctrination, the process of instilling ideas, attitudes, cognitive strategies or a professional methodology, is often distinguished from education by the fact that the indoctrinated person is expected not to question or critically examine the doctrine they have learned.

    With regard to today’s quotation I think theme parks established to support a creationist worldview are the very definition of indoctrination and as such the diametric opposite of the scientific method.

    But as I started this response people need narratives like security blankets. As responsible people we all need to supplant some narratives with something that borders on narrative but is rooted in scientific method.

    I think that is the great question of the day. What can we atheists say and/or do to relieve these misguided people from their indoctrination?

  6. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    http://amzn.com/0231701268

    Holy Ignornance by Olivier Roy

    Religion and culture parting ways.