Question by sweeneytoddluvr: Why are people so touchy and ignorant about religion?
I live in the Boise area, so there are a lot of members of the LDS faith in my area. I have no real issue with them; in fact most of my friends here are Mormons. I admire their work ethic and strong familial bonds. But the other day, I was hanging out with one of my closest friends (who is a Mormon) and she mentioned something or other about the church (I don’t even remember what it was now) that surprised me. I asked her about it, and she explained it to me, but I still didn’t quite understand. In our friendship previously, we had always had a relationship where we could talk about anything and everything and tell eachother our opinons, so I mentioned that I thought this particular custom in her church was a bit odd. It shouldn’t have been offensive; in the past we had questioned eachothers beliefs about politics, school, etc. and it had never been a problem. But for some reason my comment completely insulted her and it turned into this werid argument. She asked me what I believed, and simple told her that I don’t really know yet–I’m only 16 after all, and don’t want to just give in blindly to the beliefs of others because it’s convenient. So the argument turned to not just Mormonism, but religion in general–why people follow it.
Sorry if that was a bit long-winded, but I guess my real question is why do so many people belong to a faith ignorantly? I know of course that many people study and research religion and of course are not ignorant to it. But I also know that many others belong to a religion just because their families are of that faith, or for any amount of other silly reasons. Why don’t they question it? And why do most people seem to be more sensitive about religion than other topics?
Thank you in advance for any answers–I really appreciate it!
Answer by F!
People trust those whom they have close relationships with. That is why they will forgo critical thinking and just believe in what those they trust have taught them to believe, with little to no examination of those beliefs.
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