Now I get it.
For an eleven year-old girl.
Did you revert into an eleven year-old girl?
Didn't it turn out that she wasn't really pregnant or something? To be honest, I didn't really pay attention except to laugh at John Travolta.
I know, but that's what people think criticism is. I could have put that differently.
Let me rephrase: You can criticize an idea without saying a thing about the person, but people don't differentiate, which is when it turns into something that isn't even criticism, it's a personal attack. Because my opinion is what I'm putting out there to be scrutinized, not myself as a person. I think that when people bash an opinion they do so by bashing the person themselves. By saying "your opinion is stupid," you are also saying, "you're stupid." Does that make sense?
It depends on what you're criticizing, the person or the idea. If you say, "No, I don't agree with that and this is why..." That's fine, that's probably even CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. But if you start calling the person names for having that opinion, that's rude and a personal, verbal attack. I have much more respect for someone who disagrees with me and calmly and politely tells me why, than someone who starts calling me an ignorant, irrational idiot for having a different perspective.
You can't prove a scientific theory, you can only disprove it. Scientific theories are adapted, thrown out, or changed all the time. Just recently, people have said that they have broken the speed of light with particles called neutrinos, which could change physics greatly, especially Einstein's theory of special relativity. So hundreds of years from now, people could be laughing at us for believing that nothing travels faster than the speed of light.
To me a soul mate isn't what other people are saying on here. My definition of a soul mate is someone who God knows will bring out the best in you, who will make you happy, and whom you will make happy. But not in the whole "they get along perfectly". The concept of soul mates, is just someone whom you could marry and have a happy life with. And if you don't believe in God, I understand why you don't believe in the concept of "God made him or her for you".
I'm pretty sure my dog worships cheese.
Yes it is. It's dramatic irony. For they think that they are smart. Whereas we, the audience, know that they are saps who didn't pay enough attention in class.
I'm going with the former.
To me believing in a Creator isn't ridiculous because of the base fact that we are here. And I didn't not say that atheists reject that because they close themselves of for it, I'm saying that religious people aren't more likely to close themselves off from truth or new facts. All beliefs are subjective, subjective to the individual's perception. You think believing in God is ridiculous, I look at the world and think it's ridiculous not to.
Henry Ford: He was a bad person who just did some good things.
Then so does any belief. Someone can be a staunch atheist and never question their beliefs. Religion doesn't discourage independent thinking. You choose your religion. You choose your beliefs. Your independence is this choice. Being apart of a religion just says "these are my beliefs".
It is my opinion that Catholicism (because this is what I know most about) asks you to search for the truth, because it believes you fill find it in Catholicism.
Everyone has doubts, religion just asks that you try to overcome them and answer them, hopefully through that religion. I have doubts, I just don't nurture them, I try to find the answers to them. What I mean is, when I have doubts and don't say, "oh this changes all my beliefs!" I ask, "Does this change my beliefs? Is there some sort of answer to be found? And if there is an answer, does that change my beliefs?"
My whole point is that it's not because religion discourages free thought, doubts, or asking questions, it's because people don't want to have to change their beliefs. Religion believes that you will find the answers through God/through it.
I do not believe that it is because of religious beliefs. I believe it is because of their levels of open-mindedness. I believe that anyone who is truly looking for the truth, and not a fast answer, will look for it. But saying that religion restricts you is not true, especially if the religion is correct. I believe my religion is correct, I have not yet been confronted with unassailable evidence, in my opinion, but that doesn't mean I don't look up what other people tell me about, or try to understand it to see if it does or should change my beliefs. I've found both atheists and theists to be bigoted and/or set in their ways. I think that is just human nature.
My religion does not restrict my decisions, having a religion is indeed my decision. That's the thing: religion is a choice. Agnosticism, atheism, are also choices. Choices based upon beliefs
It is my opinion that it is completely fallacious to believe that religious people are less likely to be receptive of new evidence. If someone is truly open-minded they will consider all evidence and accept it or reject it as true or false. Just because I don't think your proof is true, doesn't mean I didn't consider it.