Author Topic: "Religion ... is nothing more than insanity ratified by consensus."  (Read 261 times)

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"Religion ... is nothing more than insanity ratified by consensus."

~ Tavian Oladapo
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Re: "Religion ... is nothing more than insanity ratified by consensus."
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2019, 01:04:51 AM »
We could get into a discussion about semantics with Oladapo's  claim. 

 I do not think that a voluntarily chosen delusion that satisfies a human psycholgical need is the same as insanity.   Sure enough there are a gazillion humans who need some sort of assurance that there is an afterlife.  Gullible? Delusional? Irrational? ....I hesitate to suggest: stupid .  Well alright the deep end ones are clearly off their rockers but the majority of them are perfectly functional, even admirably intelligent in ways other than their commitment to fantasy.




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Re: "Religion ... is nothing more than insanity ratified by consensus."
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2019, 08:44:15 AM »
We could get into a discussion about semantics with Oladapo's  claim. 

 I do not think that a voluntarily chosen delusion that satisfies a human psycholgical need is the same as insanity.   Sure enough there are a gazillion humans who need some sort of assurance that there is an afterlife.  Gullible? Delusional? Irrational? ....I hesitate to suggest: stupid .  Well alright the deep end ones are clearly off their rockers but the majority of them are perfectly functional, even admirably intelligent in ways other than their commitment to fantasy.

Good point.
If religions were TV channels atheism is turning the TV off.
“Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.” ― Richard P. Feynman
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Re: "Religion ... is nothing more than insanity ratified by consensus."
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2019, 08:47:27 AM »
And as a matter of context Tavian is a chap on Facebook that I have been following and been friends with for a few years now. He originates from Nigeria and now lives in London where he works at Imperial College as a lab tech. He was deeply religious but read the Bible and revised his world view.
If religions were TV channels atheism is turning the TV off.
“Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.” ― Richard P. Feynman
'It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life.' - Terry Pratchett
Remember, your inability to grasp science is not a valid argument against it.