Facts and the Internet vs. Religious Faith

Hemrant Mehta explains How The Web Is Killing Faith:

Open access to knowledge — the ability to fact check your pastors and imams and rabbis — is a death knell for religion as we know it, and the Internet is only hastening the process. (I focus on Christianity in this piece because it has the largest Web presence in the United States.)

It wasn’t long ago when statements made in a pulpit were simply assumed to be true. Now, a child with an iPhone in the pew can find ample evidence contradicting whatever the men of God are saying. That “true story” your pastor is telling? Snopes.com debunked it long ago. Gay marriage is destructive, he says? Thousands of YouTube videos made by gays and lesbians in love — as well as other Christians — can attest otherwise. Evolution is a liberal conspiracy? TalkOrigins.org will show you how to respond to every argument on the Creationist side. Abstinence-only sex education is working? Not according to the new scientific study you just read.

The web might not be totally killing off religion, but it certainly is dangerous to fundamentalism. It comes as no surprise that there is a strong connection between religious fundamentalism and conservatism. Both groups based their views on religion and ideology and ignore facts which contradict their views.

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    JAG says:

    “To live by faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.” Benjamin Franklin

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