On Sun, Sep 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM, John Clark <johnkcl...@gmail.com> wrote:
> because if I'm not a atheist nobody is. > > I think we agree that closed mindedness, in all its forms, in something we to be avoided. The devoutly religious can be close minded if they believe that their ideas, or their view of the world is the only valid one. You may have experienced such close mindedness your years of formal religious training. Perhaps this was partly what motivated you to abandon that religion. Yet on the opposite end of the spectrum, the devout atheists, may make a habit out of rejecting all ideas that have little or no evidence, and this becomes another form of close mindedness. Skepticism is useful. We should always be questioning ideas, but skepticism is an entirely different thing than a blanket rejection of ideas out of hand, without investigating them or having any evidence to do so. It is better not to commit too strongly to any idea or position, as it makes changing your mind (in cases you are wrong) that much harder. I may not comment in this thread again, as I think I have provided you with sufficient information to understand my point of view, but only if you are willing to do so. Based on your above comment, however, I think you may currently be too devoutly committed to atheism to accept the possibility of abandoning it. Jason -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.