Possumdude0 wrote:I'd like to think that I use reason and logic quite a bit in my studies, both for class and for my own personal learning.
Fair enough, I'll revise what I originally said... you don't have to have a full frontal lobotomy, you just have to act like you've had one when it comes down to thinking about religion.
What I'm getting at is that loads of really fundamental religious ideas directly conflict with what we can tell from common sense and scientific knowledge. Now as a scientist yourself, I'm sure you appreciate the importance of what can be proven unmistakably by science. Consider that a huge slice of the yummy cake that is religion totally contradicts things that you can physically prove
with arguments that have no scientific basis, and can't
Furthermore, loads of religious laws and teachings are total nonsense even when looked at through the eyes of a theist. You can believe in a god without buying the crap about "if you wear some rubber over your cock you're going to Hell, but if you kill an unbeliever, you're going straight to Heaven". Maybe a poor example given that Christians have changed some
bits, most notably about the murdering... But does forbidding someone with AIDS from using a condom count as murder? Of course not, God would rather their partner dies a slow death than they use contraception, so it's OK.
Understand yet? Another example maybe; self-contradiction. Not only have Christians changed
their policies to match the times (a bit at least) despite it being the "infallible word of God", they also have mutually exclusive laws.
An example of that: How basically everything is a sin but if you're sorry and you pray you'll be forgiven. Yet at the same time God knows everything you've ever said or done or thought so he knows whether you're sorry or not anyway. Maybe you just have to pray to look like a moron, but God wouldn't do that to you because he loves you. But you're still going to burn for all eternity if you don't.
And so on...
And probably the most important thing i can think of right now is just where
Christians get this crap from. The Bible. They have decided that the translated, interpreted, heavily watered down ramblings of some crazy old men who lived thousands of years ago, is the best way to decide what's right and wrong in our society. Half of them were probably on drugs, and a few of them definitely
were. Now as a large proportion of these "teachings" just wouldn't be tolerated by any sane person in modern society, since they incite hatred, violence, and discrimination, Christians choose to ignore some bits of it, and embrace others. Despite it, once again, being the "infallible word of God".
They might say that they justify using this as guidance because it's divinely inspired. But how the hell (forgive the pun
) do they know that? Well because it says it in the Bible. And how do you know it's true? Because it's divinely inspired. Et cetera. God really contradicts himself a lot, eh?
In short, you don't need to be an idiot to be religious, but it helps.