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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Question of the Day #45: Religious hypocrisy

Image hosting by PhotobucketWhen you observe a religious person acting in a hypocritical fashion, how does it make you feel as a skeptic? Do you find it a funny reminder of one more reason why you reject religion, does it make you feel anger or pity, or does it give you confidence in your position and bolster your disbelief?

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At 6/04/2006 8:45 AM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

I expect it, since most religious systems are helplessly self-contradictory. Whether I feel anger or pity depends on the extent to which that hypocrisy directly affects me.

At 6/04/2006 3:28 PM, Blogger olly declaimed...

For me, it makes me feel pretty much all of the above. The anger portion of it is largely gone for most smaller incidents though, as I've seen it so much I'm numb to it (though it still surges for things like commentary made around the Da Vinci Code, etc.)

But probably, overwhelmingly, it's pity for someone so deluded (as well as not understanding how they could feel that way!)


At 6/04/2006 6:01 PM, Blogger Blu_Matt declaimed...

I think my primary feeling is one of incredulity that these people can't or won't see it themselves. The rest of the emotions you mention come a close second.

At 6/04/2006 7:35 PM, Blogger Hellbound Alleee declaimed...

I am with Zach on this one. When someone says, "look at Pat Robertson. He's such a hypocrite, because Jesus said to love your enemy," I generally argue that he is no hypocrite at all. It is only the reasonable christian or religious person, who assumes natural law, who is being any kind of a hypocrite.

At 6/06/2006 6:24 PM, Blogger JaundiceJames declaimed...

I curiously study them, like a scientist observing some little-understood species in their native habitat. -JJ



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