I was referencing the “god exists” filter (of religious thinking) that was mentioned in earlier posts.
For some people to hold that notion throughout an intellectual conversation stops insight before the talk even begins. And for those who use such a “buffer” - they’re obviously not really open to an honest debate.
One thing that makes anybody special is our willingness to have our beliefs (and ideas) changed and shaped over the course of our discourse - something Sam has said for quite a while. To stringently hold onto one idea and to not allow observation and evidence to enter into discussion is the definition of ignorance.
They argue we can’t disprove god - we argue they can’t disprove all the other gods. And to dissavow knowledge of human history and our cultural myths is actually praised amongst the religious - it almost has to be, for if it wasn’t the case - the conversation WOULD be about observation and evidence instead of blatant ignorance.
In every area of our lives the central drive should be to gain as much perspective as possible, no matter what the topic. Unfortunately, this is blasphemy to the religious-minded.