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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-11-06 09:38 AM
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34. It's a certain type of personality, I suppose
We tend to think we judge things better than average - most people think they are better drivers than others, and most think they have a better understanding of 'real life' than average. Some people may just take that to the extreme of felling certain they know the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.

It is probably made worse by the 'siege mentality' of some sects. If we can see other people as humans just like us, we can entertain the notion that they've got something right that we've gone wrong. But if your priest or holy book tells you that there are evil people looking to catch you out and distort your religion, it makes entertaining doubts a sin in itself. Cut yourself off like that, and then your own thoughts, with the one religion you've decided on, become the 'only truth'.

Yes, religion has often been used as an excuse for grabbing power and wealth - the Arab expansion, the Crusades, the Spanish conquest of Latin America, and many more, I'm sure.
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  -A question about certainty TallahasseeGrannie  Apr-10-06 01:27 PM   #0 
  - personally speaking, i am totally violence averse.  laruemtt   Apr-10-06 01:32 PM   #1 
  - That's a nice sentiment.  Iblis   Apr-10-06 01:42 PM   #6 
     - i've always been able to get away.  laruemtt   Apr-10-06 01:50 PM   #8 
        - Okay, just so I understand...  Iblis   Apr-10-06 02:13 PM   #10 
           - certainly there is just anger.  laruemtt   Apr-10-06 02:26 PM   #14 
              - Certainly.  Iblis   Apr-10-06 02:38 PM   #17 
                 - in all fairness  laruemtt   Apr-10-06 02:49 PM   #19 
                    - As I said...  Iblis   Apr-10-06 02:52 PM   #20 
                       - sure. thanks for causing me to  laruemtt   Apr-10-06 02:56 PM   #22 
  - Yes, here's a thought:  dotcosm   Apr-10-06 01:32 PM   #2 
  - Not sure if I would ever be able to kill  Warpy   Apr-10-06 01:32 PM   #3 
  - I don't think that it is certainty as much as desperation  bloom   Apr-10-06 01:35 PM   #4 
  - Poor Joan.  NCevilDUer   Apr-10-06 01:39 PM   #5 
  - You know, I actually miswrote that  TallahasseeGrannie   Apr-10-06 01:58 PM   #9 
  - IMHO, "God" has been used as a justification for violence  Iblis   Apr-10-06 01:45 PM   #7 
  - Wow, Iblis.  beam me up scottie   Apr-10-06 04:31 PM   #25 
     - Thank you.  Iblis   Apr-10-06 04:37 PM   #26 
        - The words moved me to tears.  beam me up scottie   Apr-10-06 04:48 PM   #27 
  - You know, I doubt ANYONE has ever killed because of their faith...  Karmakaze   Apr-10-06 02:14 PM   #11 
  - So you feel that the faith issue  TallahasseeGrannie   Apr-10-06 02:20 PM   #12 
  - The Christian church...  Karmakaze   Apr-11-06 09:50 AM   #35 
  - What about the Crusades?  Iblis   Apr-10-06 02:23 PM   #13 
  - Or was it a guy  TallahasseeGrannie   Apr-10-06 02:32 PM   #16 
     - However  Iblis   Apr-10-06 02:39 PM   #18 
        - Or is it the ultimate male strawman???  TallahasseeGrannie   Apr-10-06 02:54 PM   #21 
           - Worth thinking about...  Iblis   Apr-10-06 03:07 PM   #23 
  - The Afghans who wanted to kill the convert to Christianity  muriel_volestrangler   Apr-10-06 03:56 PM   #24 
  - And that goes back to my question  TallahasseeGrannie   Apr-11-06 07:53 AM   #31 
  - It's a certain type of personality, I suppose  muriel_volestrangler   Apr-11-06 09:38 AM   #34 
  - Or did he simply represent...  Karmakaze   Apr-11-06 10:03 AM   #37 
  - Was it really their faith  TallahasseeGrannie   Apr-12-06 10:49 AM   #52 
  - Not buying that.  trotsky   Apr-11-06 07:22 AM   #30 
     - Where in the bible does it say...  Karmakaze   Apr-11-06 10:02 AM   #36 
     - That's not the point.  trotsky   Apr-11-06 10:12 AM   #38 
        - Actually once again....  Karmakaze   Apr-11-06 12:16 PM   #39 
           - "In the womb you knew me"  trotsky   Apr-11-06 12:21 PM   #40 
              - Seriously?  Karmakaze   Apr-11-06 03:29 PM   #41 
                 - And I think your opinion is terribly naive.  trotsky   Apr-11-06 03:32 PM   #42 
                    - Can you prove God exists?  Karmakaze   Apr-12-06 12:11 AM   #43 
                       - Your entire position is predicated on being able to read people's minds.  trotsky   Apr-12-06 07:10 AM   #44 
                          - No, not their minds, their actions...  Karmakaze   Apr-12-06 09:36 AM   #45 
                             - Except that taking land isn't always the motivation.  trotsky   Apr-12-06 09:39 AM   #46 
                                - Ok perhaps you need to go all the way back to my original post...  Karmakaze   Apr-12-06 09:48 AM   #47 
                                   - OK, then you need to go back to what I said.  trotsky   Apr-12-06 09:58 AM   #48 
                                      - You might want  Goblinmonger   Apr-12-06 10:26 AM   #49 
     - I think it might go deeper  TallahasseeGrannie   Apr-12-06 10:47 AM   #51 
        - Yeah, but "their" females aren't going to the clinics.  trotsky   Apr-12-06 10:54 AM   #53 
        - No, I think it surely can be the motivator for  TallahasseeGrannie   Apr-12-06 10:59 AM   #54 
           - But like the karma man above, you're having to read minds.  trotsky   Apr-12-06 11:15 AM   #56 
              - I'll buy everything you say  TallahasseeGrannie   Apr-12-06 11:26 AM   #57 
                 - I'm not so sure about Bushie.  trotsky   Apr-12-06 11:37 AM   #59 
                    - My gut with him  TallahasseeGrannie   Apr-12-06 11:43 AM   #60 
        - Grannie  Goblinmonger   Apr-12-06 11:10 AM   #55 
           - hehehe  TallahasseeGrannie   Apr-12-06 11:29 AM   #58 
  - The confusion of faith and evidence, IMHO  varkam   Apr-10-06 02:28 PM   #15 
  - T. Grannie, a fearsome reptile  FM Arouet666   Apr-11-06 02:30 AM   #28 
  - You know I really  TallahasseeGrannie   Apr-11-06 08:05 AM   #33 
  - CHECK IT OUT!  TallahasseeGrannie   Apr-12-06 10:44 AM   #50 
     - Nice walker!  FM Arouet666   Apr-13-06 01:43 AM   #62 
  - Kill for faith, NO  OhioBlues   Apr-11-06 06:54 AM   #29 
  - Thank you for your reply  TallahasseeGrannie   Apr-11-06 08:01 AM   #32 
  - I am, of course, as CERTAIN as you, in the opposite direction. However,  Strong Atheist   Apr-12-06 11:49 AM   #61 

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