Many times, I have heard the religious say to the opposition in an argument "You do not have an open mind and that is why you cannot see why my faith is the truth".
Now, this to me has always been an interesting statement. It is interesting because it is the "faithful" in fact that are the ones that are obviously not "open minded".
Let me explain. To me, being "open minded" means to critically look at both sides of an argument, compare the validity of each side based on prior knowledge and/or research and then come to a conclusion from there.
Now it becomes quite apparent, that the non religious, have done their due diligence and have given a great deal of thought to the argument of the existence of supernatural beings based on various religious scriptures, philosophy, history, reason and logic as well as, science in order to come to their conclusions.
However, the religious, more often than not, admit that they have never studied or better yet, researched the opposition's side of the argument.
They fail at exactly what they accuse the opposition of "to be open minded".
Now surely if one was to spend the time and really think about the issue of the existence of supernatural beings. One would overwhelmingly come to the conclusion that they are nothing more than myths created by man themselves. (Ask a religious person what is a soul and you will quickly see their lack of knowledge even on their own “beliefs” let alone their ability of reason). Moreover, do the research and review/test for the existence of these beings. To this date there has never been a proven divine miracle, proof for the existence of: a soul, heaven, hell, ghosts etc… .
Furthermore, I see that the trend of the religious is that they are mentally (for lack of a better word) lazy. I’m not saying that they are not intelligent or mental misfits incapable of learning but rather what one would call the “intellectually barren”.
You could say that the education process failed them but that is more than likely not the truth. Anyone that wants to learn these days can pick up a book, scour the internet or talk with others to enhance their mind.
So why is this? What does it take to educate these people to be able to critically think? Would this be an exercise in futility? Has our species come to the point that our technology has increased our mortality rate to the point that there is an over abundance of the mentally lazy?
I’m interested to hear your thoughts.