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Author Topic: Ignorance is bliss?  (Read 1073 times)

JayRoe

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Ignorance is bliss?
« on: November 12, 2011, 11:49:20 AM »
In the latest study to link church-going with well-being, researchers find that people who attend religious services regularly are more optimistic and less depressed than their non-religious peers.
Previous research has suggested that people who attend services are also happier and more satisfied and live longer too. (On the other hand, they tend to be fatter.)


Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2011/11/11/study-religious-folks-have-a-sunnier-outlook/#ixzz1dUFaQane
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Re: Ignorance is bliss?
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2011, 12:29:55 PM »
I don't think it's ignorance. It's more, a philosophy that things are out of your hands sometimes. And that all you can do is hope.

And it's a community. An "us". So many of us humies are separate from any social organization.
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Re: Ignorance is bliss?
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2011, 02:21:58 PM »
I don't consider it ignorance either, the title is more of a question to atheists.
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Re: Ignorance is bliss?
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2011, 08:10:26 PM »
I think it's more about running in packs than anything. These people are going to weekly meetings with entire communities of others who believe the same thing. I guess seeing others lie to themselves is giving them even more of a sense of purpose.
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Re: Ignorance is bliss?
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2011, 02:49:35 PM »
Most people would rather live with a happy-go-lucky belief of ever-lasting life (for their souls) than believe that their spiritual/mental existence ends with death.
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Re: Ignorance is bliss?
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2011, 07:16:46 PM »
Having in the past been part of a church-going group, I think what has been said so far is correct. People get a sense of, albeit false, comfort from it. Their is also strong family and social connections with going to church that can be difficult to break. I kept going for a long time even though I had lost "the faith" long before.

What makes me particularily angry are those who insist on foisting their "Christian brand" of religion on me by insisting on mixing politics with personal faith beliefs.
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Re: Ignorance is bliss?
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2011, 09:51:56 PM »
its because people who go to church are stupid for the most part and believe that giving money to a preacher every sunday is actually making a change in the world.
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Re: Ignorance is bliss?
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2011, 12:44:31 AM »
it does make a change. it makes the church more and more powerful.
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Re: Ignorance is bliss?
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2011, 02:56:30 AM »
its because people who go to church are stupid for the most part and believe that giving money to a preacher every sunday is actually making a change in the world.

i had a girl working part-time for me that had her BSc and was in med school and who, like the rest of her family, gave 10% of her income to her church. Wesleyan it was I think...anyway, this chick had a head on her shoulders and for her it was a cultural/family thing. So no its not just pea brains, although there are many I'm sure
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