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    Re: [W:843] How religious thinking works

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim the plumber View Post
    When we get aviodance or just links to irrelevant things we get frustrated.
    No rule here says I have to answer stupid questions...or answer at all, if I choose to ignore...
    "However, the inspired word clearly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired statements and teachings of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, whose conscience is seared as with a branding iron." 1 Timothy 4:1,2

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    Re: [W:843] How religious thinking works

    Quote Originally Posted by Elvira View Post
    No rule here says I have to answer stupid questions...or answer at all, if I choose to ignore...

    It does justify others exasperation at your ignorance.

    It also shows you don't have an answer and thus know that you have no real justification for your claims.

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    Re: [W:843] How religious thinking works

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim the plumber View Post

    It does justify others exasperation at your ignorance.

    It also shows you don't have an answer and thus know that you have no real justification for your claims.
    My ignoring stupid questions justifies my exasperation of other's ignorance, such as yours, as well as justifies my reason for not wasting my time with such...
    "However, the inspired word clearly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired statements and teachings of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, whose conscience is seared as with a branding iron." 1 Timothy 4:1,2

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    Re: [W:843] How religious thinking works

    Quote Originally Posted by zyzygy View Post
    Here is an interesting read about the psychology of religion.

    A reason to believe

    In 2009, Grafman published an fMRI study showing that religious thoughts activate the area of the brain involved in deciphering other people’s emotions and intentions — the ability known as theory of mind. In the study of 40 people, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Vol. 106, No. 12), Grafman and his colleagues found that when they heard phrases such as “God’s will guides my acts” and “God protects one’s life,” areas of the brain involved in theory of mind lit up. In a study published in 2009 in Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (Vol. 4, No. 2), a Danish team saw the same brain areas activate when religious participants prayed.

    These results suggest that when people think about God, it’s similar to thinking about any special authority figure, such as one’s mother or father, says Grafman. In addition, he says, contemplation is not limited to religious thought, although certain traditions like prayer or meditation may require selective kinds of thinking processes. In general, he believes, the brain uses the same circuits to think about and experience religion as it does to think about and handle any other thoughts or beliefs.
    Then there's people who are activated by the devil's delusions, thinking Christ isn't real.
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    Re: [W:843] How religious thinking works

    Quote Originally Posted by Logicman View Post
    Then there's people who are activated by the devil's delusions, thinking Christ isn't real.
    Please demonstrate with objective and tangible evidence that statement is true, and not merely right wing religious rhetoric that has no connection with what is commonly known as 'reality'.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hannah Arendt
    "The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist."

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    Re: [W:843] How religious thinking works

    Quote Originally Posted by Logicman View Post
    Then there's people who are activated by the devil's delusions, thinking Christ isn't real.
    Despite being utterly ridiculous, how would you know that is true? Oh, of course, you don't.
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    Re: [W:843] How religious thinking works

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMOSS View Post
    Please demonstrate with objective and tangible evidence that statement is true, and not merely right wing religious rhetoric that has no connection with what is commonly known as 'reality'.
    "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." - Ecclesiastes
    "Progressives aren't really progressive. They're regressive, all the way back to Sodom and Gomorrah." - author unknown

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    Re: [W:843] How religious thinking works

    Quote Originally Posted by NWO_Spook View Post
    Despite being utterly ridiculous, how would you know that is true? Oh, of course, you don't.
    Study up on the Parable of the Rocky Ground.
    "Progressives aren't really progressive. They're regressive, all the way back to Sodom and Gomorrah." - author unknown

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    Re: [W:843] How religious thinking works

    Quote Originally Posted by Logicman View Post
    "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." - Ecclesiastes
    And of course, this is not objective and tangible evidence.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hannah Arendt
    "The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist."

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    Re: [W:843] How religious thinking works

    Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.-Ambrose Bierce
    Originally Posted by Mashmont
    "Because the right isn't hate-filled."

    "the perfect nature of the Catholic Church"-Mashmont

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