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Pride and Ignorance

When talking to fundamentalist believers, the two traits I run into the most are pride and ignorance. Interestingly enough, I find that these believers take pride in not being prideful and that they are generally ignorant of their ignorance.

Still, I think that if we can get these believers to stop being prideful and ignorant, it would go along way in starting them on their journey toward reason. Getting them to admit that they might be wrong and that they don’t have all the answers is a big step.

As an agnostic atheist, I am well aware that I could be wrong and that a god or gods might actually exist. But someone would have to present some kind of valid evidence for me to believe it. While I take pride in my knowledge and my ability to reason, I also take pride in knowing that I don’t know everything and that I am still learning and so is humanity.

Let’s see if fundamentalist religious believers can acknowledge that they could be wrong and that their deity of choice might be either the wrong one or might not exist at all.

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  • http://twitter.com/emilyhasbooks Emily Dietle

    Scott Van Hoosen guest blogged something similar for me a while back, titled ‘Humility.’ http://emilyhasbooks.com/humility/

    Excerpt:

    Is it possible that your Bible is 100% true, but you, being an imperfect human, have misinterpreted just one single part of it? Perhaps the Genesis creation story, complete with talking snake and magic tree, were written as a metaphor or parable, and not meant, by your own god, to be taken literally?

    If you accept that you might have incorrectly interpreted this tiny fraction of the Bible, then suddenly your entire belief system will no longer be at odds with all that is known about geology, biology, physics, chemistry, anthropology, paleontology, genetics, astronomy and world history.

    All it takes is an ounce of humility, to accept the possibility that you, and not your Bible, might have made a mistake. Recognizing this just might keep you from crippling your children’s education, and keep them from resenting you for teaching them falsehoods

    • dangeroustalk

      I’m going to have to disagree. There are a number of reasons why, but the first that comes to mind is that if sections of the Bible were intended by God to be a metaphor, what exactly are they a metaphor for, exactly? Plus, a perfect deity would have made his meaning more clear. Now sure it is possible that this perfect deity purposefully obscured the meaning and by doing so condemned millions to death, but that doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense. So I remain humble enough to say that it is possible, but it is extremely improbably bordering on the ridiculous.