Perspective All. Religion tends to suppress free and critical thinking. Belief is unfounded assumption. Assume one false thing and any false thing can be proved true. Thus it undermines our rationality. The Catholic Church used the Inquisition to prosecute anyone who espoused views deemed as heretic for example, some scientific ideas convicting people to different sentences, including death by burning.
Americans, Critical Thinking, and Ignorance
Religious education encourages critical thinking
When pushed to think in a more rational way, people experience a dip in their religious beliefs, found a new study. Simply looking at pictures of Rodin's sculpture "The Thinker," for example, was enough to make people less likely to agree with statements like, "Nothing is as important to me as serving God as best I know how. The effects were subtle, and encouraging critical thought is unlikely to destroy anyone's faith. But the findings suggest that rational analysis interacts with gut instinct in the brain to help distinguish between people who believe fully in God and those who abandon religion. While most of the world's population believes in God or gods, hundreds of millions of people do not. To explain how intelligent people might believe in concepts that lack proof, researchers have previously theorized that our brains have two distinct modes of thought.
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In his work, On the Christian Doctrine , St. Because man feel through pride, He applied humility as a cure. We were trapped by the wisdom of the serpent; we we are freed by the foolishness of God. Just as that which was called wisdom was foolishness in those who condemned God, thus this which is called foolishness is wisdom in those who conquer the Devil. The notion later spread to the Protestant faith especially by Calvin, but also Luther.
Religion enjoys an undeserved respect because we are not expected to criticize it. It appears that we may disagree with other people about any other topic, but religion remains untouchable. For example, when people try to advance their religious views, you are supposed to nod politely as if agreeing with what they are saying lest you might offend them otherwise.