Thought of the day

A key definition of delusion is that one holds beliefs not based upon evidence. There’s more to it than that, but that is a key component. It’s also a key component of faith.

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13 Responses

  1. Delusions are pathological actually. Its a miss application of the term to use its for faith.

  2. misapplication ****

  3. delusion (d-lzhn)
    A false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness, as in schizophrenia.

    The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

  4. From Wikipedia:

    # Religious delusion: Any delusion with a religious or spiritual content. These may be combined with other delusions, such as grandiose delusions (the belief that the affected person is a god, or chosen to act as a god, for example).

    Another theory is the dysfunctional cognitive processing, which states that delusions may arise from distorted ways people have of explaining life to themselves.

    see also – Jerusalem syndrome:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_syndrome

  5. You skipped over the part on the wiki page about it being a part of a disorder and the list of things that are not considered delusional.

    And to the first post what evidence is there against God? You have never presented any. There may be a lack of scientific evidence, but there is no real evidence to speak of.

  6. What evidence is there for any god? No one has ever presented any. There is no scientific evidence or any other kind.
    “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

  7. As would the claim “there is no God”. Where is the evidence of this extraordinary claim? I call it extraordinary because of the extreme minority of people that have no belief in any higher power.

  8. As would the claim “there is no God”.

    But there is no such claim. It is a straw man argument for people who have no evidence, no logic, no reason and no critical thought to defend their irrational and delusional belief in a god.

    The statement “There is no evidence of any gods” is NOT the claim that there is no god.

    You can slime your way and sidestep the fact that you have absolutely no defense of the super-extraordinary claim of a god, but you are still bereft of any evidence.

    Put up or shut up.

  9. I take it than you have got over you temper tantrum now? Obviously your past “not reading my posts” and right back into atheist apologetics. How about this: “There is no evidence there is not a God(s)”

    Which is entirely as accurate as what you have said and just as reliant on wordsmithing. “There is no evidence” proves nothing and is a poor basis for a claim. so until you can provide some……….

  10. I see the king of slime is oozing again.

    He has nothing to offer so he obfuscates and tries to divert from his complete lack of facts or evidence or logic or thought.

    Mumble to yourself. No one else is listening…LOL

  11. Snarkyness sure does make up for lack of substance.

  12. It isn’t an extraordinary claim to say there is no evidence for God (which is different from saying that there is no God; I suspect you’re confusing the statement on a philosophical level with what its connotations are). There’s also no evidence for Zeus or our one True Lord, the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It isn’t extraordinary to say we don’t have evidence.

    Indeed, the very sentiment behind “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” is that we ought to default to a state of disbelief about any significant proposal, idea, or hypothesis until compelling evidence is presented.

  13. Machines may have a default setting, people do not. Bummer.

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