AA/PK wrote:You are being over-dramatic. And I concede that a large number of people who call themselves Christians will deny there is a hell. I think they do this because the only value Christianity has for them is as a pacifier, and the idea of hell doesn't exactly have a comforting effect.
Sorry, you're accusing me
of being over-dramatic?
AA/PK wrote:Secondly, I think that I may sort of see what it is you might be trying to say. But it logically follows that if a Christian believes Christianity is the right, or is the truth about God, that they therefore believe that other definitions are not.
Religion is studied in the humanities faculty, not the science faculty. In pretty much all of the humanities, from sociology to political science, from art to philosophy, "I'm right" doesn't imply "you're wrong".
(Yes, it's true that there is a large subset of religious people which don't understand this, in much the same way that there is a large subset of political people who don't understand this. It's unfortunate.)
AA/PK wrote:I think the difference between our opinions may lie here - I don't view faith in a religion as a buffet where I go from dish to dish waiting to find something to eat that won't give me diarrhea, and then simply eat that dish which makes me most comfortable. If a god exists I think there is an absolute truth about what that god would be, and if a god exists I think its highly likely that our buffet would still give it diarrhea.
I try to avoid any view which over-simplifies anything that is inherently complex.
To understand what faith is, or what religion is, you have to understand it as it actually is, both by those who engage in it on the ground and by those who study it, throughout all cultures and all time. The Dunning-Kruger effect applies as much here as everywhere: the more that you learn, the less you realise that you know.
Reality has this nasty habit of never conforming to human-invented categories and ontologies, and never confirming our personal biasses, regardless of what they are. Especially where humans are concerned, reality is messy, confusing and, above all, breathtaking.