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Believers in the afterlife
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Believers in the afterlife
Hi,

In The God Delusion, Dawklns says (though I can't remember it word-for-word) that a someone who believes in hell can never be fully "deconverted."

Is he saying that people who believe in hell will always believe in it or at least worry that it might exist?
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RE: Believers in the afterlife
Until they stop believing in 'Hell', they cannot let go of their belief in 'God', because of the threat of 'Hell'. It is a vicious circle. They must let go of their fear of 'Hell' before they can feel safe admitting they do not believe in 'God'.
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RE: Believers in the afterlife
(July 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm)sunflash Wrote: Hi,

In The God Delusion, Dawklns says (though I can't remember it word-for-word) that a someone who believes in hell can never be fully "deconverted."

Is he saying that people who believe in hell will always believe in it or at least worry that it might exist?

I think he's describing that people can only be atheist if they don't believe in divine punishment, because that what religions impress on you
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RE: Believers in the afterlife
Not all religion. However I believe it was referring to the human ability to break from a cycle of irrational fear physiologicaly and mentally.
"There ought to be a term that would designate those who actually follow the teachings of Jesus, since the word 'Christian' has been largely divorced from those teachings, and so polluted by fundamentalists that it has come to connote their polar opposite: intolerance, vindictive hatred, and bigotry." -- Philip Stater, Huffington Post

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RE: Believers in the afterlife
(July 10, 2010 at 4:33 am)tackattack Wrote: Not all religion. However I believe it was referring to the human ability to break from a cycle of irrational fear physiologicaly and mentally.

That's a much better description than mine
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RE: Believers in the afterlife
(July 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm)sunflash Wrote: Hi,

In The God Delusion, Dawklns says (though I can't remember it word-for-word) that a someone who believes in hell can never be fully "deconverted."

Is he saying that people who believe in hell will always believe in it or at least worry that it might exist?

That's the gist of it, yes. After years of constant indoctrination and affirmation in a young and impressionable mind, it's a fear that'd be very hard to dispel. Much religious practice, I suspect, is motivated by a sort of subconscious Pascal's Wager consideration in the mind of the believer. Even I, as an atheist raised in a pretty secular household, sometimes worry what would happen if it turned out there was a hell. According to Dante, I'd be in the sixth circle, as a 'heretic'. Unless, that is, atheism counts as a betrayal of God, in which case it's the lowest circle of hell, where I'll be chewed up by one of Lucifer's three mouths, while having my body constantly torn apart and mangled. My one consolation would be that fortune tellers were in the eighth circle.
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RE: Believers in the afterlife
If you believe in Hell, you would always have some nagging doubt in your mind if you converted to Atheism, because "I'm going to Hell if I don't BELIEEEEVE!!!" I used to believe in it, however, but look at me now. There is no Heaven. There is no Hell. I'm fine with it.
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RE: Believers in the afterlife
This statement expresses my feelings exactly. I still have a niggling fear of hell, which stems from my religious past. I joined these forums to try to destroy these fears and I would appreciate it if you good people would read my struggle and offer any support or advice you can. Here is a link to my story.

http://atheistforums.org/thread-4171.html
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RE: Believers in the afterlife
Fear is the mind killer.
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RE: Believers in the afterlife
(July 17, 2010 at 9:59 am)Synackaon Wrote: Fear is the mind killer.

Ah the bene gesserit creed.

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain

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