Faith and Gullibility
A moderate view of the faith-based community would conclude that they are gullible. They are asked to believe in doctrine and tenets based on faith with no evidence of truth other than “Scriptures”. I contend that is the definition of Gullible. Now gullible is not “bad” it certainly does not have a connotation of bad or evil. However I sense from the limited conversations I have had with members of the clergy that they would consider gullible to be a derogatory description. Gullible is commonly viewed as nearly synonymous with credulous which in fact is the acceptance of unsupported statements but without acting upon them. Gullibility implies an action taken on unfounded statements. This would imply that person of faith that follow the Scriptures are in fact gullible. This is not meant to imply that being a person of faith does not provide comfort, solace and companionship. However in the interest of moderation and reason it does imply that there should be room among the various religions to tolerate those who do not believe that the Scriptures are in fact the “word of God”. Judging by the words and actions of a variety of religions, I hesitate to say all, this is not the case world=wide. Now some would argue that my statement that the belief in the Scriptures is gullible because there is no compelling evidence for at least some of the so-called facts within the Bible and Koran, etc.. I contend that the Adam and Eve hypothesis in Genesis and the Great Flood and Noah are two compelling cases where there was considerable artistic licence by whomever originated these tales. Now there are some obvious reasons for following the general principals in the various Scriptures: social order, common sense and overcoming the fear of the unknown being some of the more prevalent. This does not explain the acts in the name of religion which essentially violates all the teachings within the Scriptures including, war, genocide, hate-mongering and plain old intolerance. I contend that moderation and reason are not foremost in the more vocal and active elements of your leading (more populous) religions, although I tend to believe that the less vocal elements are in the majority. I would only hope that they could become more vocal and actively support an agenda of tolerance.