Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | December 21, 2009

Another red flag

A couple of months ago, I wrote about a religious tract that warned readers to resist the temptation of college. Via dwasifar, here’s another version of that same warning:

The advice to “skip class, not church” is from Penn State’s Alliance Christian Fellowship. If you miss your weekly — or twice weekly, or thrice weekly — brainwashing sessions, how do you expect your religious leaders to be able to undo the critical thinking skills you’re learning at university?

What I wrote about the religious tract applies here, too:

Folks, if your religion or faith pooh-poohs science, logic, reason, or critical thinking — subtlely or, as in this case, blatantly — it’s a red flag that its leaders know full well that the stuff they’re peddling can’t withstand scrutiny.

If you believe that god created the universe and all that’s in it, that means you believe he also created you with the ability to think, to reason, to examine evidence. Why would god give you those capabilities and then demand that you not use them?

It’s becoming my mantra lately, but it bears repeating: Religion must not be exempt from rational criticism.

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