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What do you think of the concept of Fideism? For me, fideists are those religious addicts who have beliefs not based on reason or logic. For me, fideism puts reasoning to sleep. It really amounts to an abdication of the working brain’s critical thinking skills of analysis and synthesis. Fideism is concrete reactive thinking and a mechanical interaction with life. Schopenhauer said, “faith and knowledge are related as the scales of a balance; when one goes up, the other goes down.” (19th Cent) Fideism is an absolute certainty of having the truth. Absolute faith is dangerous because it justifies religious extremists to do deplorable things ---> eg. Christian crusades or Islamic jihadism. Fideism condones religious atrocities of all kinds. Pascal said, “men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious convictions.” (1669) For Sigmund Freud, “when a man has brought himself to accept uncritically all the absurdities that religious doctrines put before him and even to overlook the contradictions between them, we need not be greatly surprised at the weakness of his intellect.” Fideism involves a piety (devotion) to religious duties no matter the consequences. Fideists support religious dogma that has whipped them into a frenzy of superiority as the “chosen ones.” Fideism includes those who are "born again," and have unfortunately become locked into a restrictive and repressive fundamentalist dogma. Those claiming to be born again are stuck at best at concrete operational thinking that comes from a fear of punishment and eternal damnation. 

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Comment by Joey Daniel Smith on January 4, 2019 at 1:11pm

One additional comment, Reason or Science does not have All the answers, but Faith has Zero answers.  Joey

Comment by Joey Daniel Smith on January 4, 2019 at 1:06pm

"Fideism is an epistemological theory which maintains that faith is independent of reason, or that reason and faith are hostile to each other and faith is superior at arriving at particular truths (see natural theology). The word fideism comes from fides, the Latin word for faith, and literally means "faith-ism."

This is the Very Essence of complete Insanity. "Fideism" is the a complete, exact definition of what it means to be totally Insane.  Reason Is Sanity.  Faith Is Complete Insanity.  Truth cannot be arrived at by faith, only by Reason.  Reason must always rule over emotion or faith.   Joey

Comment by Joey Daniel Smith on December 27, 2018 at 3:30am

I don't know that anyone could have expressed this better.  Good On Ya!!! Joey

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