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Is it really that bad if someone doesn't know about any religion besides their own...

I have seen (not here, somewhere else) where people will say they don't know about any religions beside their own, and people have said that is just terrible and wrong and that the person must be an intolerant person.

Is it really that bad if someone has no knowlege of other religions or interest in learning about other religions, if they are not prejudice against other religions and treat everyone with respect?
Knowing about all the worlds religions seems to be a big deal on CM, I know it is desirable to know about how other people live/believe, but to some it just isn't of interest, like some people aren't interested in art or music, etc.

I'm obviously not talking about people who spread hate and intolerance of others, with no desire of hearing that what they are saying is not true. But, is it really "that bad" if someone doesn't know about other religions and beliefs?

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:15 PM on Mar. 25, 2013 in Religious Debate

Answers (25)
  • In some ways, no it isnt bad. If you have found a belief system that rings true for you, and you are content in that.... But if you speak out against other beliefs without knowing anything about them OR just because your belief is so right for you, then you run the risk of looking intolerant, or ignorant.... That being said, I find it also true that book knowledge of a belief system is usually inadequate as a belief has to be felt and "believed in" to be fully understood... To all other beliefs, except your own, you are merely an onloker with great knowledge but minimal understanding

    Answer by Nimue930 at 7:24 PM on Mar. 25, 2013

  • No its not bad, but its always good to be open at any moment to learn about what others believe.

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 7:26 PM on Mar. 25, 2013

  • I don't think i is wrong at all as long as they understand that other pople are entiltled t their religion as well.

    Answer by Dardenella at 7:32 PM on Mar. 25, 2013

  • Is it bad to not know how to do long division? Is it bad to not know who the founding fathers were? Is it bad to not know where different countries of the world are located?

    Knowing there is general, common knowledge you don't have, and not caring if you learn it, is willful ignorance. It's making a conscious choice to be ignorant. What possible reason is there to do such a thing? You cannot understand the world and how it works if you intentionally refuse to learn anything about what the people in it believe and why. If you cannot understand the world and how it works, you are unqualified to offer an intelligent opinion about anything.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 7:33 PM on Mar. 25, 2013

  • At very least, it's very, very sad.


    Answer by jsbenkert at 7:38 PM on Mar. 25, 2013

  • I don't think it's necessarily "bad" if someone isn't very knowledgeable about other faiths, but I do think that since there are so many beliefs it is just smart to try to have at least a basic understanding of the different religions. For example, if you invite someone over for dinner and know that they're Jewish, Hindu, Muslim (etc), but don't understand the dietary restrictions they would follow you could set yourself up for an awkward situation. Even interpersonal relationships aside, it's a good idea to be able to differentiate between what is true about other religions and what is misinformation, so that if something is reported in the news incorrectly or you are exposed to misinformation in other ways you are armed with the ability to disregard the "bad" information because you know better. Being informed about other faiths can help us to feel united in what we have in common as well, instead of faith causing division.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 7:38 PM on Mar. 25, 2013

  • I think it's incredibly sad. How do you know you have found the religion for you if you are unwilling to look at what else is out there. How do you expect to add any opinion of value if you have not bothered to even explore the different ones that exist. It's like not knowing the basics of how to cook. (Boil water, make scramble eggs, slice bread) and forming an opinion on the right steps. You cannot form an opinion when you have not explored what else is possible. you can only repeat what has been told to you.


    Answer by KristiS11384 at 7:42 PM on Mar. 25, 2013

  • Bad... IDK.
    Ignorant... you bet'cha!!

    Answer by Crafty26 at 7:49 PM on Mar. 25, 2013

  • well, ill admit i dont know everything about every religion. aint nobody got time for that. i know tidbits about most of the major ones, and im not afraid to admit that im ignorant when it comes to some beliefs like taoism, sikhism, kemetism, rodnoveri, to name a few. i dont know a damn thing about them but i dont consider myself intolerant. i can still engage in a debate forum with the knowledge i do have, and still tolerate and respect others for their beliefs as long as they aren't shoving it down my throat.

    Answer by tnm786 at 7:52 PM on Mar. 25, 2013

  • I think it's bad when someone refuses to acknowledge other beliefs systems, and continually insists THEIR beliefs are the ONE and ONLY true way to believe.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 7:54 PM on Mar. 25, 2013

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