Faith is the assertion of truth without evidence, and always contradicts reason. When you accept articles of faith you submit to authority and turn your brain off because you can never reason through to the submitted conclusions. In fact it is understood as necessary to degrade and dehumanize your oppositions. Faith then is irrational by nature and promotes a cult to “Play Make Believe”which is the detachment from reality and indicative of a learned pattern of mental disorder. This is dangerous and yields a community of mindless sheep willing to follow the authority in spite of empirical evidence with nothing to avoid the Faithful form spiralling into an abyss of non-sense for which there is no proof! An augmentation of faith is Doctrine which is a formal declaration of the required belief set for a particular cult. It’s the Doctrines that establish the formal boundaries of Heresy.
The declaration that it’s unfair to attack the truth of religious faith and Doctrine is promoted by the faithful and their leadership who do not want dissent or have to justify their assertions or to have their authority eroded. This is non-sense! The absurd circular arguments offered by the religious because they are by definition mentally deranged and are dangerous to everyone because of the rejection of reason.
Competing Faith’s after individually abandoning reason and surrendering to their authority have reduced common ground to interface with each other in cooperative relationships. The common ground of reason is abandoned. Instead Faith promotes competition, intolerance, confrontation, violence and conflicts; With various groups not able to cooperate with each other without compromising their belief systems, instead they are troublesome, even dangerous, one to another and the very foundation of Liberal Democracy which is peaceful coexistence is eroded.
And of course coercion, intimidation, threats, violence, suppression, and discord are the particular outcomes of competing Faith based cults. The perpetuation and elevation of ignorance is often demonstrated; “Be a sheep, be a sheep, be a mindless compliant sheep.” Free thinking has and is a disposition with consequences in such a community…including a painful, degrading death.
The Game of ‘Make Believe’ is a dangerous practice with very real consequences that don’t depend on Faith but on reality, as it is. And if humanity cannot organize around verifiable facts and reject the arbitrary assertions of supernatural forces, then we will continue to receive the same chaos that we have always received in this bargain. Because investing yourself in stupidity is not justified at any level except for the manipulators teaching the practice that empowers them.
The Cult called Christianity has suicide prophesies that establish templates for action when accompanied by signals. In a world where reality conflicts with Cultish Doctrines, and the knowledge that reality has cheated them then suicide becomes the final statement that reality is unacceptable.
Faith is not a virtue, it’s a surrender to the obscene.