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Gordon Taylor

Retired engineer

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Are people of faith in fact gullible?

Gullibility is the belief in something with no substantiating facts to support that something. I contend that if you believe in something based upon Scripture, whichever religion you belong to then you are gullible. That is not to mean evil or stupid but simply gullible. This also differs somewhat from credulous depending on what actions you take in support of your beliefs or faith.

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    Apr 18 2013: Dear Don Wesley,
    Thank you for your insight. I feel that I have opened Pandora's Box with my question, but I am glad I did. Let me suggest a variation on the question I had asked earlier. Are Republicans/Democrats gullible? Now I think I would likely get an equally vocal response to this question from a different set of contributors but I would contend that the question is equally valid or invalid as the question regarding faith and religion. I still contend, particularly after this conversation, that we as a people must begin to insist on moderation and reason in dealing with our societal issues. This implies tolerance, forgiveness, kindness and consideration. This isn't a rellgion but common sense.
    • Apr 19 2013: Gord, my personal view is that, indeed, if aspects of a religion do not connect and are not supported by our "common sense" it should be really deeply examined.

      In fact an often heard response to Swedenborg's Writings is "This is a religion that makes sense" The often contradicting literal text is unified, and make perfect sense, in their spiritual meanings.
      Our definition of "faith" is "an internal [mental] acknowledgement of truth." IOW if we don't understand something, we cannot believe it, acknowledge it as truth.
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        Apr 21 2013: Common sense may have cultural or societal dimensions.
        E.g someone from a christian infused cultural may laugh at reincarnation, and buddha being born out of his mothers side after she was impregnated by a ray of light, thinking this fails the common sense test, yet believe virgin births, resurrections and angels etc.

        You might consider magical souls, and a spiritual realm common sense whereas i find it highly speculative etc. im doubtful of swedenborgs claims of talking to spirits on other planets, just the planents known at the time, not neptune.

        However i agree in regards to practical instructions that make sense in their own right e.g. Buddhism's middle path between asceticism and materialism.

        Your definition of faith is a bit circular potentially, and differs from other common definitions.

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