"From my ventures into and out of religion, I find that: Belief is based on Certainty.If you are uncertain of something, you really cannot believe in it.you may accept it, and even claim belief among others of that belief, but really, you…"
" "Shoulda," Oughta," "Gotta" are Killer Words, similar to Killer Phrases that stop critical thinking.
If someone tells you that you shoulda, oughta, gotta do something, stop, breathe, think, make a decision that…"
"Vine wrote “I should have phrased my question as ‘Can you choose to be a theist?’”
Vine, phrasing it as you did and seeing responses here has been a learning experience.
I had a similar learning experience. In 1957 I…"
"Yes, I think theists believe there is a god, superhuman powers, angels, all focused on the health and happiness of the individual. If a person's life is dreadful, he or she has the assurance that unwavering support comes from prayer,…"
"I should have phrased my question as "Can you choose to be a theist?" That's a more interesting question than whether you can choose to be an atheist, because there are no "facts" that prove the existence of god. Even…"
"Can people change what they believe?
In a word, YES.
ln a Darwinian sense, if they would survive they will adapt.
Offer a guy a higher salary than his present employer pays and, with other things being equal or better, he will change one or more of…"
"Yes one can change ones beliefs by choosing to do so. I would not argue by will or self delusion but rather by studying the facts. When one chooses to make the dertermination of what is real based on facts, one is making a conscious choice to change…"
"Homer, the discerning mind requires practice. We had lots of opportunities to be discerning when listening to sermons and bible study groups. Once questioning starts, there is no bottom to the hole. The bible, centuries old, has lots of…"
"After I made that post, I remembered reading about a psychological study that gave atheists and theists a specially designed multiple-choice test of reasoning. The result was that the atheists refused to choose answers that at first glance…"
Hello Vine, I agree, fantasies left me with ashes in my mouth and inadequate resourced to fill my belly and warm my flesh. Discarding false stories, looking at life with clear vision, I can at least sort out my friends from my enemies. I welcome you to Atheist Nexus and hope you find friends worthy of your trust here.