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Gordon Taylor

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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 29 2013: Since "God" can currently be neither proved nor disproved, except through death, the question - are atheists gullible? - could be equally valid.
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      Apr 29 2013: Heather, Atheists are cynical and agnostists are sceptical but neither is necessarily gullible or credulous.
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        Apr 29 2013: Gordon, I agree with you to a certain extent - I consider agnostics to be the most rational minded people. Open minded enough to question religious ideology, while leaving the concept of a higher intelligence as an unanswered unknown. Atheists, on the other hand, tend to be angry, cynical and rude. They believe themselves to be correct and everyone else deluded or gullible. This is an arrogant position to take - and one that scientists should never take - as science always moves on.
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      Apr 29 2013: They assume more than they can possibly know - sounds gullible.
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      Apr 29 2013: Interesting point you make there Heather.

      In other words, if you put "faith" in "your" own understanding of things, you are gullible.

      I have come to the conclusion that perhaps the best attitude is a questioning attitude, with an ever present open mind approach?
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        Apr 29 2013: I suppose if you believe in anything at all you could be accused of being gullible. As a human being there's worse things to be accused of!

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