Religious People Are Wrong About Skeptics
Paul Malan
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Yes!

I read somewhere that faith is how we cross the desert of doubt.

Even taking Joseph Smith’s English in the Book of Mormon as inspired revelation, you’d still be facing (if you’re paying attention) limitations and ambiguities in language. I’m thinking of Alma’s sermon to the Zoramite proletariat, where he invites them to perform an experiment on his words. Owning what I just wrote about linguistic ambiguity, I really like the choice of word there: experiments are what scientists do, and scientists have to be skeptics — they have to keep their minds open.

This all calls for restraint and respect when talking to or about others and their beliefs. And it’s sad that people in the We Believe clubs take the easy way out so often and simply disparage or dismiss those outside.