How Some Believers Reason with Some Atheists

"Don't Trust Your Feelings" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“Don’t Trust Your Feelings” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Before the deconstruction of my beliefs, I was absolutely certain about the things I believed.

I believed my thoughts!

Feelings also played a huge role in my certainty.

Then, after an mind-blowing realization that my mind manufactures my world…
when I saw that the universe as I experienced it is a projection of my thoughts…
when I perceived that my brain’s number one priority is to protect itself and my ego…
everything changed!

If my mind can imagine a being and make it real to me,
it can also conjure up feelings about that being.

Our minds will go to great lengths to believe its thoughts:
willful blindness…
outright denial…
circular reasoning…
cognitive dissonance…
confirmation bias…
and so on.

I’m not claiming religious people are imagining things,
but I do insist that we all do,
and that we need to be aware of this,
and to understand that the word is not the thing,
and neither is the thought.

Who of us dares to explore beyond the thought?

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4 Replies to “How Some Believers Reason with Some Atheists”

  1. This fits with something I’ve been thinking. Most religions fit the pattern of saying “Read the scriptures, pray about them, then you’ll understand. If you don’t understand, you did something wrong.” It’s that last part that tends to define fundamentalism. The stronger you make that statement, the more fundamentalist you are. On the other end, any one can read, they are historical documents, I can read any of them and not believe any of it. I can also pray, or I can call it meditation, or whatever I want. The more freedom someone allows with that, the more progressive I consider them. When I start deciding there is a goal, something I’m told I should understand, that’s when faith comes in. It’s the opposite of following the evidence, or even as in your cartoon, following your feelings (which are a type of evidence, but never mind). When someone tells me what I should feel, that’s when things start going wrong.

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