"Brainwashed by atheism? Hardly. Atheism is usually a result of taking a look around you and deciding what makes sense."
It's a matter of faith no less than Christianity.
"Being religious is accepting what you're told unquestioningly"
Well you're closed minded as anybody as I've already stated that was never my experience and I've questioned to the limits of what I'm able and science is simply inadequate for philosophical debate and for daily living. Maybe you are satisfied with your life. If not, shutting yourself off from spiritual options you may later want to take but feel obliged not to because of pride is unwise.
". Religious people tend to be very closed-minded; atheists aren't. I see people getting very upset here when questions are raised about their beliefs, and belief and faith are nothing more than unsubstantiated acceptance of an idea."
What the heck do you call atheism? Did somebody say the word "arrogance"?
" That, in my opinion, is closed minded. To just accept without questioning is very, very wrong, and leads to all sorts of illogical and sometimes immoral behaviour. "
How do you know how much questioning people have done? What is the basis of your assumption?
"Look at the mess Britain was in when it was a very Christian country."
Newsflash Simon -IT STILL IS. The vast majority pledge allegiance to Christian values, the Church is established, Britain is *not* secular and through the work of the Alpha course and groups like Soul Surivor Christianity is alive and reaching massive audiences. You're missing the boat.
" Do you want to go back to Victorian or earlier standards of living and social justice? "
This is classic mis-representation and an insult to a magnificent era in British era. The Victorian era was undoubedly in my opinion *the* most progressive era this country has ever seen - socially, technologically and morally. Compare that to the lazy reactionary assumptions and technological deferrence or stagnation of modern Britain. We have so much to learn from then in terms of the aspirations and more.
"Perhaps all of the posts discussing just this should be moved to the off-topic section? "
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