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Religiosity and Stockholm syndrome.

In psychology, Stockholm syndrome is a term used to describe a paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express adulation and have positive feelings towards their captors. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors as an act of kindness.

See any similarities between believing in the god from holy texts and Stockholm syndrome?

I know that believers aren't necessarily considered "hostages," in the truest sense of the word.

But if a religious mind refuses to evaluate the bible critically (without emotion), as well as a critical evaluation of contrary objective facts that disprove what they believe, is it possible that their mind is theoretically held hostage to one way of thinking? 



Asked by clarity333 at 10:40 PM on Mar. 26, 2011 in Religious Debate

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  • Oh, and while you're coming up with things you need to stop believing because you don't know where they come from, you should probably add these to your list:

    dark matter
    dark energy
    the square root of a prime number
    the death of Jimmy Hoffa

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:43 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • You have a myopic view of religion. You twist everything through the aspects of Abrahamic religion and then insist, quite ignorantly, that what is true of those faiths is true of all. In reality, the vast majority of religions, which you quite obviously have not researched at all, do not make claims about concrete timelines or boundaries. They do not claim world events and tie them to specific dates. Most religions do not contradict science at all, not even newer discoveries like the expanding universe and dark matter.

    What I find most hysterical about your outlook is that the main focus of my own faith is the seeking of knowledge and the value of wisdom. The very things you insist can only happen without religion are the tenets of mine. In all your ranting and raving, you are, in fact, supporting the pillars of my religion without even realizing it. Not that we'd want to recruit you if we were into that.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:18 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • Does cbk represent ALL christians or ALL believers? NO
    Stop friggin stereotyping and associating one with all.
    Why am I defending them today? Because you are being just as biggoted, ignorant, discrminant and "holier-than-thou" as those you attack. And I do NOT stand for discrimination no matter who it comes from!.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:24 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • I have not seen any evidence in here, of a mind that has critically evaluated both the bible and the objective facts that disprove them

    Then you truly are a victim of the same affliction you accuse them to be. I have seen many, None who have taken the Bible as literal truth 100% word for word. but there are still those who beleive in the message of the Bible when read as allegory and not as 100% fact but as man's interpretation of the divine and they still amintain their faith in the God of the Bible and the message of the Bible, they are simply getting a different message than others who share their belief in the same God.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:58 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • You do understand that not all Christians or those of the abrahamic faith view the Bible in the exact same way do you not? Thus it is possible to critically evaluate it and still believe in it. You are of the singular mindset that all who believe in the Bible take it as literal and thus are idiots for rejecting the facts, but you are just as guilty as "they" are becasue you deny facts yourself. You are just as bad as those you preach against.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:22 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • Evidence of the supernatural is just as subjective as anything else. What is evidence to one is not necessarily evidence to another. A woman may believe her husband is faithful while he is cheating and she will be none the wiser if he knows how to cover his tracks and doesn't get caught. Likewise a man may be completely faithful but his wife is suspicious of him cheating despite not being able to prove otherwise. The evidence they might find to support their claims are completely subjective and influenced by the beliefs they have already formed.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:37 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • Are you then not a victim yourself by not giving in to the possibility that they have evaluated it critically and simply came to a different conclusion?

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:51 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • And we cannot prove emperical evidence against. Really we can't god is supposed to be a supernatural being and thus it outside the realm of being knowable by natural scientific means. This thing goes back and forth, round and round, over and over and over, and quite frankly it's bad enough when the bible beaters get out of hand, it REALLY is bad show when Anti-theists try their hand at it too.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:18 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • Well said NP, Kristi, and Renee!

    Congrats, OP. You finally managed to bring everyone in this section together. Too bad you had to be so nasty to do it. Could you be any more close-minded?

    Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 11:30 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • . I'm standing up for the fact that reality dictates that no god exists. And to insist that one does, is dishonest and delusional.

    Actually the "Reality" of the situation is that no ones knows for sure one way or another. We might as well all be agnostic. The other "reality" is that is to ask yourself whether or not it really matters and how it affects YOU for someone to believe differently.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:44 PM on Mar. 26, 2011