On Nov 5, 12:38 am, stevendaryl3...@yahoo.com (Daryl McCullough) wrote:
>> However, "believe", as it has come to be forced to mean, >> by religious apologists over the centuries, contains >> an irremovable element in it, of... > >>"...and I will continue to believe this no matter what >> evidence or argument is presented against it." > > I don't think "believe" means that.
I think that is the common usage - and as I say, it might not be a major part of the idea of belief, but I suspect it is indeed a tincture that cannot be expunged for most people.
I suspect that most everyday folk would say -
** "Well, THAT'S not much of a belief if you think ** there's a good chance you'll reverse it tomorrow!"
They would say this with some disapprobation, indeed.
> People change their religious beliefs all the time, > going from atheist to believer and back again, or > switching from Jewish to Buddhist, or whatever.
Sure, but WHILE they believe in a particular religious thing, they include SOME idea that this is what they'll believe for the rest of their life; in spite of their past changes.
A bit like the wedding vows of those people who've been married and divorced a great many times! :-)