14th December 2011

“I fail to see how one person can be credulous and sceptical at the same time but then I'm not a theologian and unused to trying to explain away the many contradictions inherent in any form of religious belief.”

Anon.

7 Responses to “14th December 2011”

  1. Defiantnonbeliever Says:

    Aren’t we all credulous as a given and skeptical in particular areas as a learned behavior? We see patterns and jump to conclusions based on what we currently believe and instinct, and only later examine and evaluate them? Don’t our unexamined beliefs all fit into the credulous category? Aren’t we all basically uninformed and ignorant to one degree or another?

  2. Dan Says:

    Defiantnonbeliever,
    But do you actively choose ignorance??

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    I don’t think on a macro level the gullible are choosing or even capable of choosing.

    If on the micro level, we encompass the full range or variety possible then yes on certain matters we all know more of some subjects than of others, but as Dan points out choice matters and to the quotation a person can’t be intellectually both gullible and cynical a.

    When we admit we aren’t knowledgeable about, or haven’t examined, certain matters we aren’t admitting to gullibility or credulity problems.

  4. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    I don’t think on a macro level the gullible are choosing or even capable of choosing.

    If on the micro level, we encompass the full range or variety possible then yes on certain matters we all know more of some subjects than of others.

    This quotation comes to mind:
    “To Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.”
    Albert Einstein

    As Dan points out though choice matters and to today’s quotation a person can’t be intellectually both gullible and cynical and the same person.

    When we admit we aren’t knowledgeable about, or haven’t examined, certain matters we are are being consciosously forthcoming not credulously gullible (If I can say that).

  5. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Cursed hitting the button twice…

  6. Jeff Says:

    Just listened to a part of the BBC’s World Have Your Say concerning the search for the Higgs Boson. Damn whomever came up with the idea of calling it the “God Particle”. BBC thought it a wonderful chance to bring together scientists and theologians for a discussion of how science and religion should interact, and nobody had the guts to say that religion should just shut the f*** up, shrivel up and die. The scientists felt obliged to take the religious twadle seriously and try to make serious replies.

    The bad news was that when one of the theological types asked “Are you saying the religion has nothing to contribute to knowlege?” the person so attacked didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to just say, “You know, you might have just hit it directly on the head – everything that religion has ‘contributed’ to knowlege is crap, and the sooner we can dump it from the collective consciousness of the human race, the better off we’ll all be.”

    I would have loved to hear the outrage that would have followed from such a statement, rather than being completely namby-pamby and trying to make nice with the idiots.

  7. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    With you Jeff! Spooks, goblins, demons, and all manner of hocu pocus ought to be piled up on the ash heap.

    A theologian is to religion what a blind man is to a mirage.