open Minded

“We should, no doubt, strive to be open-minded individuals. We should also bear in mind that the faithful are not such individuals. They have already completely closed their mind off to the possibility that the supreme being they worship- for which they have no evidence for – does not exist. They have, of course, also closed their mind to the possibility that any of the articles of faith they hold are wrong. I find it truly remarkable that theists can accuse atheists of being closed minded. The quality of being open-minded lends a commendably strong reluctance to assign 100% certainty to any statement and to search for new evidence to revise our perceptions. Religion fails spectacularly in both these respects. The ideal of open mindedness is a virtue – one that we should not allow the faithful to pervert into some sort of justification for entertaining their beliefs. The moment they fail to provide evidence should be moment that we stop listening. As Richard Dawkins has said we should be open-minded but not so open-minded that our brains drop out!”

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~ by Jay on September 3, 2007.

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