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We live in a world dominated by belief. We hear, are taught, convinced and converted. We affirm, worship, praise and preach. We argue, persecute and kill for belief. And all of this can happen without a hint of faith in sight. Our failure to understand the difference between faith and belief has always been with us. Problems with belief are not limited to religion; belief affects everything from politics to personal relationships. Here we consider a philosophy of realism. Within realism, we find that not only is faith opposed to belief, faith is a tool of reason whether we are religious or not. Remarkably, the evidence suggests that many popular religious ideas and "myths" began as psychological lessons in realism. Because what we view is so dependent upon how we view, we learn how realism can influence our psychology, inform our values, and reveal a path forward that avoids the pitfalls of belief.
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Wisdom's Hiding Place based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Reading this book I was taken back to an age of about 5 years old when I first made some determinations about religion. Those determinations said there was value to religion in general but no more so than reading fables that contained some good values to accept. Imagine my astonishment when this book revealed the parallels of biblical references, reality and my concept of god. I no longer throw the Baby out with bath water. Further, It's not religion on trial here, it's belief...period. I am more aware than ever of how certain beliefs of mine are not correct so much as undisputed. Looked at this way I can imagine myself to hold value constantly above systems of belief that have held me hostage. No corner of my life can be re-examined this way and not be better served. Stubbornly held beliefs, gut wrenching reactions, and years of abysmal unexamined thought processes reach out to me like red flags warning me of their possible threat. And when held in that light become possibilities to change my perspective and liberate myself.