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  •  Well, I'll say this... (2+ / 0-)
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    Portia Elm, The Marti

    sometimes faith has great beauty. That much is true, and even this atheist can see it. Sometimes when confronted by something for which there is no escape, no remedy, the best thing you can do is dance a little.  That seems to me a sort of faith, and that is something I can understand.

    But faith has great power?  I think it can have the power to foster group solidarity, and it can also provide just the little additional motivation when things are in fact not completely hopeless.  But this is a separate conversation from what Pat's talking about.  He hypothesizes that there are more miracles in Africa because people believe.  Or that strong belief is protective in a supernatural way.  I think that is unprovable but highly unlikely.  There may be more people needing faith in Africa, and that faith may hold more people together in the face of dire situations, but that's a different matter.

    Anyway, your comment was not even remotely hide-rateable.  Nobody should be trashing you for faith here.  Many of us are going to question the factual basis for faith, but that should be possible to do respectfully.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 04:12:39 PM PDT

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    •  faith plants a seed, and if we continue to (1+ / 0-)
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      believe, then it grows into being.  Most of the time, though, I think it dies from lack of our continuing to put energy into it.  It takes an awful lot of sustained dreaming to dream something into reality, so I think that's why people poo-poo it so much.  We focus, then we see opportunity, we use the opportunity, and so on.  We really have to be paying attention, we can't just sit back and eat bonbons and expect it to hatch like a egg.

      Flying is simple. You just throw yourself at the ground and miss. Douglas Adams

      by Portia Elm on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 04:20:01 PM PDT

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