Why do some traditional, fundamentalist, and dogmatic religionists go into attack mode when different spiritual, even sociopolitical and sociocultural, viewpoints are discussed and brought up?
Silly question - because all other viewpoints are wrong, meaning that people are not only wrong but will burn forever. As the fundies are tasked with preventing such a horror, they must attack.
Wasn't a silly question at all. I asked this question to obtain their response. We have a high percentage of those around. Each time an intelligent and a reasonable viewpoint is presented to them, they resort to contentious behavior, becoming highly argumentative, denigrating others who do not have their viewpoint. You and I see this in the religious forums.
It is quite de rigueur behavior in the Religion and Philosophy Forums, even in the Question/Answer section. It is the knee jerk reaction. There are subjects that bring quite a basic, visceral response and some people are HIGHLY REACTIVE, never basing anything on logic. After all, we are supposed to approach things in an impartial and logical matter.
However, approaching things in a logical and conclusive matter is beyond the parameters of some people. They prefer to approach things in a more elemental matter. If it is not in their particular sociocultural or socioreligious purview, THEY discard and find it invalid. For example Wilderness, there are those who do not believe in evolution, believing that the world is only thousands of years old despite scientific findings. Many of these people are highly educated, however, they INSIST on this totally irrational premise.
"Many of these people are highly educated, however, they INSIST on this totally irrational premise."
Of course they do - just as I said it is an incorrect viewpoint and will cause people to burn for eternity. That the claim has no basis in reality is irrelevant to those people - they will believe as they wish and all other viewpoints are wrong and must be stamped out.
Wilderness, so succinct and correct in your observation. However, I am going to watch the responses to this thread. I mean at some time in the human development, logic will rule out. Change is an inevitable part of life whether one is proactive or passive towards its contextualities. If one does not change, one atrophies. Let's watch the scenario on this thread. Well, Wilderness, Merry Christmas to you and yours. I am about to make a chicken and rice dinner. My cousin is going to visit me and spend the Christmas Holidays with me.
And a very Merry Christmas back you and yours. Just finished the pies for tomorrow - the ham awaits my wife's attention in the morn.
My sons and their families, along with 2 in-laws- will be here. 14 of us this year, with 6 children to enjoy as they check out what Santa has left.
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