Half-believing in religion (Was: Why we believe)

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (sentience@pobox.com)
Date: Thu Jul 06 2000 - 00:25:36 MDT

Long, long ago, I read a children's book. I don't remember the name...
_The Mystery of Ghost Rock_, perhaps. Anyway, in this book, a man says
- paraphrased from memory:

"What's worse than believing in ghosts is half-believing in ghosts.
Someone may say, if you ask him, that ghosts don't exist - but he may
still be afraid to look out the window when he hears a howl, or feel a
chill go down his spine at every rattle and clink."

This is the quote I think about whenever I hear John Grigg talk about
_Revelations_, or Mike Lorrey debating details of soldiers on guard to
prove that Christ didn't actually arise from the grave.

        sentience@pobox.com    Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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