Why I am sure that religious zealots like Rick Santorum are wrong
So, while I can live with uncertainty, there are a lot of religious zealots in the world who cannot. Instead, they claim that their faith is right. Their claims just lack logic.
In our world of 7 billion there are around 2 billion Christians, 1.6 billion Muslims, 1 billion Hindus and 500 million Buddhists. Each of these believe different truths about the world. Each is absolutely confident in their faith about those truths. So, they can't all be right. In fact, because they are absolutists, they must all be wrong.
(As an aside, the Christians might like to claim that majority rules, and because there are more of them, they must be right. I'd be reluctant to use that line of thinking dear Christians, as the growth rate of Islam is faster than Christianity, so at some stage in the future, this would mean the Christians would have to concede that the Muslims are right!)
|Rick Santorum: a religious zealot|
So, we have different groups passionately claiming they are right, just because ... well, because they say so. That's why it is so clear that they all must be wrong.
Why it's important that I am not right
Being absolute about the state of the world prevents people from investigating how things can be done differently or better. If one believes that a deity has cast the world in stone, there is no motivation to improve. And whether there is, or isn't a God doesn't affect this either. At its worst, holding such absolute views leads to violence, discrimination and terrorism - and this has been going on for thousands of years.
As productive members of society, we must remain questioning, thoughtful beings, not blind followers of others, or of a text written hundred or thousands of years ago. By being respectful to alternative opinions, the likelihood of sectarian violence decreases close to zero, for their is no faith to have to protect.
The more I have learnt over the years, the more confident I am that I don't know a lot of important things. I'm also confident that I should keep searching for a little better understanding, and not rely on blind faith.
The world needs leaders who encourage us all to question and grow, and not to be religious fundamentalists. Rick Santorum (like Osama bin Laden) is wrong.
Let me know what you think.