Originally posted by KnightWulfe
seen, read, studied, heard, etc... What, of that which diametrically opposes your belief, makes the most sense?
Atheists, What makes the most sense to you within theism?
Theists, what makes the most sense to you outside of your belief?
To answer this I'd like to split theists into 2 catagories, mild and extreme. Apologies if you feel pigeonholed by this.
mild = people who feel religion helps them understand the world a bit more, enjoy the company they keep in the church/mosque/etc., and feel that their beliefs lead them to be tolerant and kind to fellow man.
extreme = the extremists; religious terrorists, george bush, blind faith101; people who use religion as a tool to hurt others and leverage power that makes them feel slightly more adequate about their own pitiful existance.
I can understand why the mildly religious want to believe in something. The thought (or threat if brought up in a religious way) of no afterlife is a powerful one, especially for the old and infirm.
I still don't think it makes sense, but I can understand the need for comfort. I find these people intruiging, progressive and in some cases respect them as much as people who share my own atheist beliefs.
I can also understand (to a degree) the extremists. They feel weak, and wish to claw back as much power as they can, and use a tool that has been used for several thousand years on record, and probably more off the record, and the main reason why religion has perpetuated throughout history. They use it as a tool to feel better about themselves. If they're cunning, for personal gain and to increase their state and position, and if they're nasty or just led to hurt others and eventually themselves.