Epistemology provides a natural framework for skepticism. It is the duty of a rational human being to utilize skepticism when confronted with a hypothesis that provides no evidence to support it. Just because an ideology has been passed down for generations does not make it true. You can indoctrinate children to believe anything and they will carry it with them their entire lives. The Council of Nicaea is enough to question the entire Abrahamic religions. 20 books were going around at the time, 4 were voted on and "accepted as truth." The other 16 were thrown out. The current state of religions are based on a popularity vote pushed by Emperor Constantine approx 1700 years ago. You didn't have a choice at that time, you believed what they told you to believe and if you questioned it, you were deemed a heretic and tortured or killed. If you want to believe an ancient religion, you should look at Paganism. It pre-dated Christianity by, roughly, 21,000 years and, in fact, Christianity stole many aspects of Paganism when it was created. Celebrations of Christmas and Easter were derived from Paganism as were the stories of miraculous birth, a son of God born as a mortal to die for the good of humanity and many, many more. That's not to say Paganism is true. As with all religions, it relies on faith instead of evidence to support its foundation. We as human beings need to have an awakening to rid ourselves of these falsehoods from the infancy of man that were utilized to comprehend the world around them. Modern science rids the need of a god hypothesis. The sooner humanity relies on secularization and modern science, the sooner we flourish and evolve to a higher species.

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Comment by Steph S. on April 14, 2014 at 11:04am

thanks for the blog link Luara - will check it out

Comment by Luara on April 14, 2014 at 10:11am

I wrote a blog post about the common perversion and corruption of skepticism, The dysfunctional relationship between skeptics and true believers.

Comment by Michael Penn on April 14, 2014 at 8:22am

I became a true skeptic when I first realised that I had become atheist. All of the repertory charactors that even remotely hinted at religion were saying a similar and repeated thing. When christianity appeared not to be the first of these it became plain that it was a mimic. This should be enough for anyone to see truth, but so many want to say "let's wait and see because I'm sure this is the one." Everyone wants to be a part of the one true religion but they cannot see all that they have rejected. They cannot see the religious similarity. If you are going through an apple barrel looking for one good apple and 99.9 % of all is rotten, you condemn the barrel. Be skeptical of anything that you cannot prove. When you see that christianity is rotten, throw it out!

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