6th February 2012

“Faith is a cop-out. It is intellectual bankruptcy. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can't be taken on its own merits.”

Dan Barker

8 Responses to “6th February 2012”

  1. Dan Says:

    Exactly. If you had a believable reason to accept religious claims, we would call it something other than “faith.”

  2. archaeopteryx Says:

    I agree, but those who are indoctrinated early and effectively – as most religious people are – require a lot of effort to see beyond the assertions of those who have otherwise earned their trust by caring for them from birth.

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Explains the near monopoly religion has among the ranks of convicts. If the something for nothing mind set has a center it is nearly all of the time among theives, murders, and other malecontents. I’d submit to you all that “merit” isn’t something the criminal thinks about. Religion is more than intellectual bankruptcy, moral and ethical bankruptcy round out the completed picture of the faithful.

  4. holysmokes Says:

    When you are told from the time you are able to comprehend things as a child, that “Faith” is a virtue, you will have no cause to abandon it. Propaganda is a powerful tool when constantly reinforced over a lifetime.

    However “Faith” is a VICE not a virtue. In fact, the faith/vice is more powerful than, drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling and all other vices combined. They all perform the same function; to make a person feel good. Perhaps it is high time that we collectively proclaim “faith” for the vice that it is.

    If we can get religious folks to think of “faith” in a more negative light, only then will it accelerate a downward trend towards reason.

    A new billboard for the folks over at http://richarddawkins.net/. “FAITH, THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL VICE.”

  5. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    holysmokes I think you are right! Faith lets you ignore the poor, faith makes you feel better than others, faith is mental illness.

  6. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Riddle me this Batman: On the floor in the lobby of Saint Bartholomew’s church school gymnasium in Needham Massachusetts is emblazonned the following, “Semen est sanguis Christianorum”.

    It translates to “The blood of the martyrs is the seed [of the Church].”

    Whyin a fairly new building, a building where children play sports, would you have the word “semen” boldly welcoming children?

    I mean give the enormous sex abuse problems in the Boston area.

    Sure you can create an excuse of some sort of another but at the end of the day you still have the word semen welcoming children.

  7. robb Says:

    sinjin……………………. at 1905

    dont forget EGOCENTRIC !!!!

  8. R J Says:

    robb is ” RJ ”