I stopped going to church over 40 years ago. I have friends from that time who are still Fundamentalist Christians. My parents and some of their  parents are still Fundamentalist Christians. When I talk to them they usually avoid talking about religion to me. I think that it's for two reasons.

First, I can answer all of their questions but they can't answer any of my questions.

Second, I think that they realize that continuing our discussion to it's logical end would require them to admit that their entire life has been a big sham.

I feel very sorry for them.

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Tags: belief, indoctrination, regret

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on February 14, 2014 at 4:35pm

I think that once they become fundamentalists they no longer allow for the possibility that there may be alternative answers to the bigger questions in life. Maybe they don’t even consider the questions anymore because they already have the “truth”, so why bother?

I always enjoy Hitchens line about asking Theists if they would consider their lives being a sham.

Comment by Tim on February 14, 2014 at 6:46pm

That's something that I can't understand.

Suppose I'm outside talking to my friend I say, "Look at the blue sky." Then he says, "No, you're wrong. My God and my Bible say that the sky is green. You are being deceived by the Devil."

How do I reply to that?

Comment by captain kingsway on February 14, 2014 at 7:08pm

These people have their heads in the sand. This only causes more corruption in  the so called rulers in every country, endless wars and poverty among the masses ; sky gods & demons roaming the planet , ready to pounce on the orders of the man pointing up the mountain & his other hand held out for alms & favours and so on with glaring eyes & twitching face.

Comment by James Cox on February 14, 2014 at 7:13pm

'So the writers of the bible were wearing green colored glasses at their time of observation? Wow, why doesn't the bible mention this, seems like that might be important. Oh, I was wondering, why would the Devil care what color the sky is?'

Sounds like my conversation with a Seventh Day Adventist once. 'Why would God care what day it is? Is God keeping time based upon Earth's orbit around the sun, and it's rotation? Surely God would have a lot more planets to pick from. Anyway, why does God need to rest?' 

Comment by Gregg R Thomas on February 15, 2014 at 2:29pm

"...Anyway, why does God need to rest?' ..."

Because he/she has a migraine from listening to all those idiotic prayers.

:)

Comment by Sagacious Hawk on February 15, 2014 at 3:25pm

You get a like for the Dennet quote, because I feel that way every day.

Comment by Roren on February 16, 2014 at 12:02am

to me it seems like Christianity,especially, has that built-in defense for discouraging all questioning. "oh, it sounds like Satan is challenging your faith"..."All christians struggle with the hard questions, just pray for a stronger faith."

Also, i think many of them don't seek better answers because it's just plain scary. They feel safe and secure in their big communities of fellow sheeple pretending to "hear god", where any new challenges to their collective faith can be easily subdued by a cleverly worded sermon explaining what god "actually meant". Let's face it, for a good chunk of those really enthusiastic christians, their church community is their LIFE. Leaving the church is social suicide, they would have zero friends, zero support...and would basically have to start over (socially speaking).

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