(Did you READ that, shalamabobbbi? That topic is in the SCIENCE forums)
I think marc9000 was expecting me to alert the mods? Anyway I'm participating. Hope you're happy Marc.
1 Oversimplified thinking = not thinking. Intellectual laziness. 2 Dichotomy between using your brain and trusting faith. I've met people who think prayer will stay the harmful effects of a nuclear holocaust. They can gather in their church buildings, hold hands and pray, and the blast wave will go around them. 3 Writing off outsiders - divisive, leading in worst case scenarios to war. (Catholics vs Protestants in Ireland). 4 Folk learning/thinking - impedes progress, chains us to the past. 5 Belief based - opposite of learning. In order to learn something new one has to adjust one's world view and admit they were wrong previously about something. Religion has the opposite message that the way to live life is to doggedly hold to a belief and endure without change. If something challenges your faith, put it on the shelf. If one learns anything, it is only the cherry picked snippets allowed by confirmation bias. 6 Self contradictory - affects ones ability to use logic or accept the results of logic. 7 Leads to procrastination in taking beneficial action, or to taking no action at all, since there is an eternity of time ahead for us to utilize after death. 8 The purpose of life becomes a game illustrated by the movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". When the kids from Jesus Camp go up to challenge some black folk with the question "Where do you think you will go after death?" They answered, "Heaven." To this they walked away disappointed and the girl muttered,"They're probably Muslims."