Why do the rules change when thinking and speaking about belief?

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    Dr CHE Sadaphalposted 2 months ago

    Some people tend not to use rational, instrumental reasoning when it comes to religious beliefs in general or to what they regard as "sacred values." This has been validated by anthropological studies (e.g., http://www-personal.umich.edu/~axe/negj0708.pdf) and can even extend beyond the domain of faith into ideologies that people are passionate about (like dis- or non-belief). For "sacred" causes why do emotions tend to trump reason?