Whatever happened to logic? Reasoning? Dare I say: critical thinking?

When did believing in a religion/belief system mean giving up empirical proof of scientific reasoning and/or fact in favor of (seemingly) fantasy? Do the tenets of religion dictate this mentality or is it a learned, human behavior?

Many people point to religion (most notably, Christianity) as the end to common sense and rational thinking in our modern society. Is this politically incorrect to say, or is there actual proof behind this?

Conflicting viewpoints are scattered across the world: just Google religion and get some popcorn. You’re in for a shit show.

Does anyone know the absolute truth of the divine or deity(-ies)? “Life” after death?

No.

Many have claimed they do, but empirical evidence states otherwise. Many also argue religion or any belief at all does not have to produce empirical evidence for it to hold merit or weight when it comes to proof.

The problem I have is how religion is used in our society. Personal beliefs are very powerful in the way they influence the individual or even groups. I’m sure you have seen in the news how many people under the guise of their individual religions have abused and seared hatred into their said religion by physically and mentally harming others in the name of it.

I argue, as well as others, that individuals are not the sole ambassadors of their religion. I think we can all agree this is common sense: a group of people or even a handful of a massive majority does not mean the religion, as a whole, is violent. This is something society as a whole (ahem, many politicians) have a very difficult time differentiating.

It makes for a sad reality: just because you may not believe in something doesn’t mean you have to ostracize it to the point of forming lynch mobs and Tweeting SJW style. Not to say there are certain people who are dangerous and use their specific religion as a means to justify their hate and violence against others, but we have to remember that they are not the sole ambassadors of their beliefs.

I’m a firm believer in the notion that stereotyping is pure laziness. It doesn’t take that much brainpower in a mentally healthy individual to know some people do not comprise of a whole group of people.

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