10th May 2013

“We non-believers are always puzzled by protests that strong religious conviction could be without huge influence in the way a man lives his public as well as his private life. We read the Gospels; we learn about Judaic beliefs in God's purpose for the Jews and for mankind; we hear and try to understand the claims of Islam; and it strikes us that these belief systems make enormous claims on their adherents, with the most profound practical consequences.”

Matthew Parris

2 Responses to “10th May 2013”

  1. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    “profound practical consequences”

    Conscious automatism (C.A.) is a position on the philosophic question that asks whether determinism, as distinguished from “free will”, can be considered the sole operant principle in human decision making.

    Automatism often takes a religious turn. See William James, Varieties of Religious Experience, 1906.

    “The paradox of education is precisely this–that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated”.
    James Baldwin (1924–1987)

  2. Jeff Says:

    Ay, there’s the rub. And rub it does, so much that it chafe’s the non-believer in a thousand tiny places, from claims that all morality stems from their imaginary friend(s) to the very denial of our existence enshrined on the obverse of every coin minted in my country since the turn of the 19th to the 20th century and the reverse of every note issued by the Federal Reserve. The fact that any believer can lay claim to truthfulness simply by appealing to his deity, or can claim exemption from military service by his religious faith. And the fact that any religious organization can remove their properties from the tax roles just because they are a “religious organization”.