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  •  Well I'm certainly not someone who (0+ / 0-)

    wants to attack anyone for what they believe in. We live in a society that is still dominated by religion, and for that reason most of us secularists and agnostics will happily bow our heads as family members say grace at dinner, or silently pretend to pray when asked to a funeral. So it's not really a question of tolerance, aside from maybe a few hardliners like Dawkins and so on.

    That being said, I'm not sure if I can accept this idea that there are no "correct" and "incorrect" beliefs. In what sense is this intended? Are you trying to suggest that we should be totally relativistic and never judge anyone, to the point of putting an insane person's views on par with a scientist's?

    Or is it more that religion and science should be viewed as residing on two separate tracks, thereby resolving any contradictions between them?

    I guess if we construct a wall and try to compartmentalize "material reality" and "supernatural reality" it might be possible. But what is "supernatural reality" in the first place? It is an actual state of being that exists outside of actual reality, or just a philosophical interpretation overlaid onto reality? I can accept the second one, but it wouldn't be "true" in any meaningful sense, because in that case it exists only in peoples' minds.

    It also strikes me that when it comes to actually-existing religious practice, this distinction is rarely adhered to. The primitive humans mentioned above for instance didn't think there was a wall between the material and the spiritual. They thought doing a rain dance would actually lead to rain.

    Apparently nothing will ever teach these people that the other 99 percent of the population exist. —George Orwell

    by ukit on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 09:37:38 PM PDT

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