Misunderstanding ‘open-mindedness’ and ‘hell’

Via N:

And more from where this came from; here we learn about how silly the concept of “Hell” is.

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2 Responses to Misunderstanding ‘open-mindedness’ and ‘hell’

  1. David K says:

    In Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman an eternity in Heaven was described thus: even when the bird has worn out the giant planet made of brass into nothing, you still won’t have finished watching The Sound of Music! for Heaven has no taste, and not one single sushi restaurant. 😉

    I’ve never understood why some people who are not believers get so up-in-arms about some small-time theocrat says that some selection of humanity or other is “going to hell” (usually the un-holy trinity of atheists, queers and immodest women)
    – it’s a non-threat from people with no guts and no power, and should really be treated with contempt. It’s offers to speed us on our way to hell that need the attention, and need to be crushed promptly.

    I’d like to believe I’m as consistently and dispassionately rational and open-minded a skeptic as described in the first video, but I fear no-one is; it’s far easier to be skeptical about things you don’t believe in or want to believe in, and this cuts across everyone (not just crystal-healers, ghoul-seekers and bible-thumpers…)
    http://www.badscience.net/2010/07/yeah-well-you-can-prove-anything-with-science/

    • April says:

      Interesting link. I actively try to find holes like the ones describes when confronted with “evidence” that I, too, agree with. I probably don’t do a fantastic job, but I think it’s important to be aware of the hypocrisy that can come with having an opinion, and trying to avoid it yourself (the “royal you”).

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