[QUOTE]Originally posted by dollerspark
So sayeth the Lord, God, Amen!
I hear things like this sometimes from people. No, you do not
need religion in order to have morals and values. Sure, religion usually supports those things, and also has their own set of standards, but that's nothing that can't also be acheived without religion.
I don't know. Although religion has provided many people with good things, it's also been the cause of many wars and many people have been killed over the issue.
As for why people believe, I couldn't give you a sure answer. I use to believe because that's the way I was raised. I think most people believe because of that reason, and that religion gives them comfort. They like to hear that there's and afterlife and a loving God and something bigger. They like to have things set out for them, make life a little less confusing and difficult. [/B
I did this in my philosophy course a few year s back : The Shamen says that water follows it's course down the mountain because it is guided by the water spirit .
The scientist proves that it is because of the differing density (i.e.:soft or hard material) of the stones and earth and by the force of gravity that causes the river to flow in the direction that it does .Ah! yes say's the shamen but it is the water spirit that allows this interaction .That is belief ,no matter what is proved ,in no way will the person not believe .
REASON? well who likes to admit there wrong or mistaken even if it were to be so obviously impossible,
another quote from the same cause was : say a person believed that a teapot was orbiting mars and science to help the person, they photgraphed sent probes even in the end sent him (this is a hypothetical scenario by the way) on a manned mission and they covered every square inch of the or bit and nothing was found.
success they thought yet the person still turned round and found an excuse ,that would be believable ,(if only slightly ),to confirm to themself that a teapot was floating aboyt mars.
that is belief or really not wanting to admit your wrong
(Excerpt's from"Open University,Humanities course,philosophy;Simonyi Professor for the publis understanding of science,Oxford ,England)