Religion and Ignorance—Belief or Arrogance?

Belief and its arrogance

“If religion were clear, it would have fewer attractions for the ignorant. They need obscurity, mysteries, fables, miracles, incredible things which keep their brains perpetually at work. Romances, idle stories, tales of ghosts and witches, have more charm for the vulgar than true narrations—Jean Messlier

“In order to be effective, a doctrine must not be understood, but has rather to be believed in. A doctrine that is understood is shorn of its strength—If a doctrine is not unintelligible, it has to be vague. If neither unintelligible nor vague, it has to be unverifiable”—Eric Hoffer

In the matter of religion, men are but overgrown children. The more absurd the religion is, and the fuller of marvels, the more power it exerts, the devotee thinks himself obliged to place no limits to his credulity; the more inconceivable things are, the more divine they appear to him; the more incredible they are, the more merit he gives himself for believing them”—Jean Messlier—The Testament

The impression somehow prevails that the true believer, particularly the religious individual, is a humble person. The truth is the surrendering and humbling of the self breed pride and arrogance. The true believer is apt to see himself as one of the chosen, the salt of the earth, the light of the world, a prince disguised in meekness, who is destined to inherit the earth and the kingdom of heaven too. He who is not of his faith is evil; he who will not listen will perish—Eric Hoffer

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Author: jim-

Alternatives to big box religions and dogmas

17 thoughts on “Religion and Ignorance—Belief or Arrogance?”

  1. This post is full of ignorance about religion. You have to understand the bible is a story book about the history of the Jews. The myths and legends are true events mixed with fiction to attract the readers. Second religion is a Theocracy a system of government in which preists rule.

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  2. Dear Jim. I hope you are doing well ❤ Arrogance is defined as "an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people"

    Pride and arrogance can be found at some level in all of us, and not to offend but also in this blog-post. Let me display by something I learned one could do in communication to make sure one is not insulting or hurtful to the other part. Let me demonstrate:

    the ignorant atheist, non-believers need obscurity, atheists are not men, but overgrown children. The more absurd the evolution is. Atheists need incredible things to keep their brains perpetually at work.

    No matter what group one chooses to put in this text it displays: an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions.

    All of us needs to keep our ego's, fallacies and biases in check. Believers are not above that, nor are non-believers.

    Hugs

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  3. Very good points…
    From Walt Whitman:

    I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain’d,
    I stand and look at them long and long.

    They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
    They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
    They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
    Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
    Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
    Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.

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  4. Reason is history plain no fun. It treats everyone equally, no chance to one-up the next guy or gal. Where’s the fun in being equal?
    Get with the program, Jim. You know you are far better than any believer can ever be.

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  5. Loved these quotations, Jim.

    I know some folks who are so this, but could never connect the dots.

    I suppose I never was a “true” believer, but I do have a wall plaque that says, “Humility is not one of my faults, but if I had one, that would be it.” 🙂 I have my arrogant atheist moments…”forgive me, father, for I have sinned…”

    We all love magic, right? What higher magician is there than the one who makes a universe suddenly appear from absolutely (in the most literal definition) nothing.

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  6. To sum up in two words your tricky Catholic priest-gone-rogue and fine social-moral philosopher, 😉

    Hypocritical Sensationalism.

    The Homo sapien species is very easily pandered to by sensationalism. It thrills us because it’s a wonderful dopamine-endorphin HIGH, and we can’t get enough of it when we become addicted. Then, when so many are trapped inside their full-on addiction, by peer-assimilation and pressure every Sunday (or Friday-Saturday) in churches, mosques, or synagogues… enablers keep the entrapment maintained. That is the rampant hypocrisy to “save face.” Or blatant indolence; either one. This is all basic Psych/A&D 101 corroborated by proven clinical neurology and endocrinology. Period.

    Sounds very much like a Cult, does it not? 😉

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  7. IMHO the most persuasive power of doctrinal ‘isms’ (which include religions) is their ability to create in and out groups of faithful and non-believers. The less supportable the beliefs the more ‘elite’ the faithful, so their group-think becomes both a way of binding the group together and establishing their ‘superiority’ to out-groups.

    An example of that dynamic in action is at in-group meetings in which a speaker starts by making a statement that doesn’t bear critical scrutiny but serves to separate believers from non-believers. So revivalist sermons will often kick off with something like “We all know the Lord loves us and will answer our prayers”. Speakers at nationalist political rallies will probably say something like “This is the greatest country in history”. It would be a very brave person in such a crowd who’d yell out “I DISAGREE!” in the same way the non-conformist in Life of Brian countered the assertion “You’re all individuals!” with “I’m not”. Once a speaker has made belief in a non-verifiable assertion a badge of group identity it becomes easier to introduce ever more outlandish claims as articles of faith.

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    1. Right. Hoffer also states that successful mass movements don’t require a god, but they do require a devil.
      It amazing how a believer can successfully critique any other belief system but their own. That is really what’s wrong with the churches—they are beyond criticism.

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      1. I don’t think secular belief systems are an improvement.

        Many of us ditched belief in a morally superior god only to immediately bow down to a morally superior non-god, such as ‘scientific socialism’ or the non-god of scientism who once promised us utopia via utilitarianism, eugenics and racial hygiene but now leads the faithful towards the promised land of artificial intelligence and post-humanism.

        Maybe seeking certainty and safety in regression to infantile faith in a wise, benevolent authority is part of the human condition, even when the authority doesn’t appear even vaguely human.

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        1. Well to emphasize your point, just be critical of the democratic or republican patriotism. This can work both ways, but if Biden or Trump produced a free cure for cancer half the country would find something terribly wrong with it. The tribalism of belief is unsurpassed crazy. I’m sticking to this until further notice, but beliefs are the problem. It doesn’t matter what it is, but until humanity can surpass belief mode we’re going to just keep snowballing to hell. Belief as a virtue is the greatest koan in history. Belief is now protected by law (because it can’t stand on its own merits) and the unbeliever is the demon.

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  8. Of course belief leads to arrogance, when you are told you believe in the best of the best. Why would you settle for second best? Funny thing about the human race, most humans believe they are the highest form of life–except for God. They are all accepting 2nd best. Turns out they aren’t very human after all…

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    1. But really outside of the extremely needy and impressionable cultists, the believer doesn’t understand that his hope is an illustration of despair and leads to even greater despair. The expectation that a religious belief will produce relief is the greatest cause of despair.

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      1. Ah, despair, the loss of that last bit of hope. Once one loses hope, that is when the door to different belief opens, and, with a bit of luck, one learns to believe in oneself.
        That is, at least, my hope. Lmao.

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