Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Contrary Evidence

"Belief system are stunningly resistant to [such] correction, for the simple reason that deeply committed believers are not offering a variety of debatable proposals about the nature of the world. They see the world through their beliefs, not their beliefs from a worldly perspective. Therefore, whatever happens can only confirm the truth of what they believe. When we present believers with contrary "evidence", we only prove to them that we are outside the realm of faith and therefore unable to see the world as it is. For this reason, belief systems are not only impervious to opposition, they thrive on it."
~ p. 28-29, "The Religious Case Against Belief" by James P. Carse ~


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