February 9, 2012

Christianity Relies on Indoctrination


I'd like you to join me in believing in some sort of entity I can't define or explain in a logically coherent manner. I know what you're thinking: If I can't explain it, how can I even know what it is that I'm claiming to believe? I believe because it makes me feel good to do so. You see, I have convinced myself that my belief will lead to eternal life in some sort of otherworldly paradise. And if you join me, you can have that too. But I don't just want you to believe with me; I want you to live your life differently because of our shared beliefs. That's right - I want you to give up things you enjoy and do things you don't particularly enjoy in service to our shared beliefs. And most of all, I want you to join me in persuading others to share our belief.

Does this sound sufficiently absurd yet? Is it any wonder that Christianity relies so heavily on a system of indoctrination and sociopolitical influence that has been perfected over the ages? Without that in place, it is difficult to imagine anyone without serious deficits in intellectual functioning going along with it.