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Is Religion a Rorschach Test?

Religious texts can be interpreted in an almost infinite variety of ways. What do different religious beliefs tell us about the believers?

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For one thing, it's not true. For another: When we convince ourselves that our values come from God, we're a lot less open to the possibility that we might be wrong. When we convince ourselves that God hates homosexuality, it's a lot harder to see the reality that LGBT people are ethical citizens as much as everyone else. When we convince ourselves that God wants women to be subservient, it's a lot harder to see the reality that women are just as smart and capable as men. When we convince ourselves that God endorses slavery, it's a lot harder to see the reality that slavery is an inhuman abomination.

We base our decisions on what we think is true. Our decisions affect other people. So we have a moral obligation to understand reality as best we can. And we have a moral obligation to take responsibility for our own values. That's the only way we can fix them.

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