"Faith is believing something as fact when you have no logical reason to do so."
The most profitless undertaking in the world is to get into a discussion about religion. You never arrive at a conclusion, seldom convince the other person & only end up producing a lot of heat. The way of the professional cleric throughout history has been to champion bigotry and trash reason.
Most of us are born into the faiths we profess or hold sacred. We belong to a particular religious order not because we have read the great religious texts and been persuaded of their merit but because we were born into a particular household. This being the genesis of any faith how does it behove us to impose our views on others, much less take up fire and sword to spread them?Deeply-held beliefs, are susceptible to no logic or reason. You believe and that's the end of the matter.
Religion is a matter of faith, woven into the tissues and sinews of the believer, part of his blood, of the very air he breathes. How can you change such a thing by debate or disputation? Isn't it best then to practice tolerance and let each person stick to the faith or lack of faith he/she professes? Live and let live and get on with the business of the world. These are commonplace observations with nothing original or profound about them.
Religion supports nobody. It has to be supported. It produces no wheat, no corn; it ploughs no land; it fells no forests. It is a perpetual mendicant. It lives on the labors of others, and then has the arrogance to pretend that it supports the giver.
Clergymen almost necessarily fail in two ways as teachers of morals. They condemn acts which do no harm and they condone acts which do great harm.
Ministers say that they teach charity. That is natural. They live on alms. All beggars teach that others should give.
The crime called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines not able to take care of themselves. Blasphemy is an epithet bestowed by superstition upon common sense.
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