Religion and intellectual development...

Jump to Last Post 1-2 of 2 discussions (5 posts)
  1. cooldad profile image60
    cooldadposted 7 years ago
    Does religion encourage people to stop questioning the world around them, thus stunting their intellectual development?  Especially within Christianity, if one is led to believe that the Bible is the ultimate guide to life, how can one evolve intellectually?

    1. livelonger profile image93
      livelongerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      No, but dogma does.

      Since you are basically asking about Christianity, and Christianity is a dogmatic religion (i.e. there are required beliefs) then, yes, in some of its forms I think it can be intellectually-limiting, especially if you think that belief trumps behavior.

      I'd like to point out, something that's usually lost on most English-speakers (follow this thread and you'll see), that Christianity is not synonymous with religion, and there are many religions which are not dogmatic.

  2. profile image0
    Sherlock221bposted 7 years ago

    If someone is convinced they have found the one and only "Truth," then of course, there is no need to look any further.  This is true for all religions, but also for those without religion.  We all perceive things from the perspective of our own belief system.  A religious believer and a sceptic could experience the same remarkable situation, and the believer would see it as absolute proof of a miracle, whilst the sceptic will understand it to be nothing more than an understood natural phenomena, for which there are statistical formulae to explain it.  The brain sets down patterns as a result of always perceiving things in the same way.  It then becomes almost impossible to see things in any other way.  If something is perceived, which does not fit the normal pattern the brain is used to, this is called a revelation.  This can either lead to a new way of looking at things, or it may be so alien, that the brain rejects it and continues as it did before.  The problem with perceiving reality through the brain, which is the only way we can perceive anything, is that it is dependant upon the faulty pattens which have been laid down. 

    Quantum Physics has shown that matter in its most reducible acts differently depending upon the brain which is perceiving it, almost as if there is a connection between mind and matter.  This might explain why different brains only see the evidence they expect to see.

    1. calpol25 profile image64
      calpol25posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with Sherlock....

      1. profile image0
        Sherlock221bposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I rarely agree with him, because he talks a lot of nonsense most of the time.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)