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Quote of the Day: Religion

Posted in American Culture & Politics, Quote of the Day, Religion & Ethics by humanb on May 23, 2010

“It’s foolish to imagine that atheists own concepts like pragmatism, intellectualism, and thoughtfulness. Or that religious people own concepts like spirituality, awe, inner peace, and even prayer. The debate about God, belief, and religion shouldn’t be divided into believers and atheists. It should be divided into people who are willing to listen, and people who aren’t.”

– Kate Fridkis, in Atheists Can be Stupid, Too

I’ve yet to meet an atheist prepared to reconsider their views, though I’m sure they exist. I’ve met plenty of Christians willing to reconsider theirs. These Christians seem to allow more room for doubt than the atheists I know.

So who’s close-minded?

Conviction is a feeling, like happiness. It’s not the end result of arriving at the truth. Can you actually listen if your mind is closed?

And on the argument between atheists and religionists over the existence of God:

Ultimately, the only people who “win” are the ones who happen to be better at debating. Being good at debating is a particular skill that doesn’t necessarily have much to do with objective facts or the truth (however we’re defining that these days).

This is the case with most cultural and political battles.

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  1. Anonymous said, on May 24, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I like the driftwood cross. Nice.

  2. humanb said, on June 13, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Yeah. That’s a picture of my mother’s church. It’s a tiny wooden building by the sea with no walls in summer and almost no overhead costs. Most of the money the church collects from parishioners goes to local charities. The baptismal font is also roughly carved from pieces of twisted wood. It’s even lovelier than the cross. 🙂

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