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How do people study religion without becoming atheists?

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    Posted by U15302365 (U15302365) on Sunday, 10th June 2012

    I am at a loss as to how so many people still hold theistic or even deistic beliefs after exerting considerable effort to study them. For most of us atheists, the study of religion is what leads us to conclude that there is probably no god.
    For example, how can you read the Bible and think, yeah, this is a good moral guide, it's scientifically and historically accurate, definitely has no contradictions, and I should live my life by its principles and worship this bedouin desert god.

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    Posted by U15028368 (U15028368) on Sunday, 10th June 2012

    Hi there,

    Most people study different religions for a long time; they dont just wake up one morning and say, "Oh Id like to become a Christian today!" Most people have what is called 'religious experiences' example, through miracles. For instance Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam became a Muslim because he was drowning but miraculously got saved. He studied many different religions because he thought, the only thing so great to save him is God, and thus he found Islam to be his ideal religion.
    Other people also say that everything has a purpose and so there must be our purpose for life as well and only religion can explain it best.
    Some say it is best to go to a religious scholar after having studied a religious book, as they can explain their religion better to you and can interpret certain verses from their Book.

    There is many other reasons as well.
    If you want to know more, always post on Bitesize Messageboards!

    Hope that helped

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    Posted by Han Ban (U14706661) on Tuesday, 12th June 2012

    There are times when people can accept both religious and non-religious arguments. Which is why Paganism works well for me, because we don't have any official creation story and we accept that as time goes on, it is good to welcome new ideas while reflecting on past lessons. It is futile to hold on to old beliefs and ways of life, because they are no longer compatible with the current society.

    I really rather like Christians who can say their religion isn't perfect and there are parts of the Bible that are confusing and conflicting. And the majority of Christians probably won't have read the entire length of the Bible, the people who probably have read the whole Bible are people more likely to need to defend their own ideas and opinions, and argue against it e.g. Athiests, Pagans, and those more likely to use religious material to oppress others, e.g. extremists.

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