On Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 7:45 AM, Stathis Papaioannou <stath...@gmail.com>wrote:

> But what is unique
> about religion is that its proponents make factual statements which
> they proudly profess to believe in the absence of any supporting
> evidence, while disallowing such reasoning for bizarre beliefs
> different to their own without any apparent awareness of the
> inconsistency.
Some believers and some religions do, others not.  But this is not limited
to religion.  You saw John Clark admit he was proud to reject ideas (even
those with some evidence), in a effect, making a factual statement (implied
idea X is not true) in the absence of supporting evidence.

As an example showing that such certainty is a trait of all religion, see
this quote concerning creation from the Rig Veda:

“Who knows truly?  Who here will declare whence it arose, whence this
creation?  The gods are subsequent to the creation of this.  Who, then,
knows whence it has come into being?  Whence this creation has come into
being; whether it was made or not; he in the highest heaven is its surveyor.
Surely he knows, or perhaps he knows not.”


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