Several years ago I took a class on philosophy. We explored the various views and stances of religion, but as there were no religious people in the class it was down to certain students to take the role of a believer, to allow philosophical debate. Besides, it is easy to defend with belief rather than fact.
Not one student found it hard to take the role of a religious follower, and not one found it difficult to put forward and defend arguments in favour of a god. I found it particularly easy, after all, it was about learning from the debate, and that required a strong argument from both sides.
Then a Christian joined the group, and to give balanced debate there were occasions where they would have to take the role of the atheist.
I learnt the following from this class, and this has been repeated time and time again when believers and non-believers have been asked to carry out similar role play debates:
The atheists could quite happily play the role of a believer. It meant nothing to them, and they could defend god without a hint of discomfort, yet once the debate was done, they went back to their atheistic ways without a second thought.
The Christians just could not take up the role of atheist. They fought to not take part in the role play, and on the occasions that they did bend a little and participate, they put very little effort into defending their godless position. They argued that they couldn’t imagine no god, ‘because there IS a god!’…
To me, and many others, this showed a great lack of faith from the believers. How much deep rooted doubt must they have to be unable to even role play as an atheist? The atheists had such a grasp on their views that they felt no pressure in acting and defending their roles as believers.
This is reflected on a daily basis by those who simply cannot accept different racial types, or people with sexual preferences that go against what they consider straight and normal.
Some people get so wrapped up in their own little world, that they’d rather fight against everyone else, than try and flex a little and see things through others eyes… Show others a little empathy.
I can’t help but feel sorry for these people who trap themselves in their human phobias & religious beliefs. They send out such aggression because of how weak they feel against others openness and understanding.