they are hardly closed minded, they are just unaware. If they have not been exposed to other cultures/religions then they are bound to assume that their cultural values and concepts of morality are universal, had they been exposed to other cultures/religions they would realise this is not true. That's just ignorance, not narrow mindedness.
No, they are indeed close minded. They have the ability to access information which might enlighten them and perhaps debunk their preconceptions about different things.
It is their arrogance that leads them to choose not to take this path.
I see no difference between the religious extremist and the rebellious atheist.
Many religious people would love to get someone outside their circle, and better yet someone who's smart and objective, to support their faith-based views. Hence the fascination of the religious on science and scientists.
This is the fallacy in your argument. Say for instance, i cite a Muslim scientist that would support my faith based views, would you as a Non Muslim accept that as reliable source?
Or would it be more rational for me to cite a NonMuslim scientist making similar claims?
It seems which ever path we take, we face criticism. Perhaps it's your side of the argument that needs polish.
But the religious usually uses a double-standard. If science agree's with their religion they rejoice. If the scientists' opinion goes against his/her beliefs, then the religious person may condemn the scientist as atheist/materialist/misguided/etc. They invent their own pseudoscientific theories (I.D. for example). The popular Harun Yahya is a classic example of this kind of mentality which is extremely common with people that follow religions.
This is just a blanket statement that is not worthy of a response.
And i don't adhere to the theories put forth by Harun Yahya, neither do many of my fellow Muslims. That is not to say he is wrong about everything. The man does make some solid points, but he does have a bias which effects the quality of his work.
I don't have any problem with evolution. It seems your knowledge of Islam and it's relation to science is lacking. Many Muslims have no issue reconciling their religious beliefs with evolution established as fact.
i've heard imam's say that Muslims must have blind obedience to Allah, so a rational approach to Islam is not universally accepted.
Proving religion through rational proofs is encouraged in the Qur'an. Just because some Imam you heard said this doesn't negate the encouragement of seeking knowledge and proving Islam through rationality and logic.
I've heard Imams say alcohol is allowed in Islam. Does that make alcohol ok to drink just because some Imam said it? Ofcourse not.
I remember talking to a Muslim about aspects of the sharia i found unethical (i.e. chopping the hands of thieves) and he just said to me "Allah is the sole standard of ethics and morality. This is the belief of all Muslims without exception. To believe otherwise is clear disbelief and takes one outside of the pale of Islam. Whatever Allah says is truth and good, and whoever rejects the command of Allah yet claims to be a Muslim is without a doubt a hypocrite. Who knows better, you or Allah. You and all of us are His creation, He alone is All-Knowing, All-Powerful, the Lord of the Worlds. How dare we question what He says and judge it as being unethical?"
An atheist studying religions is going to be more open minded then a person that clings to the religion of their parents, which the majority of people that follow religions do.
Hardly. I've seen many atheists/agnostic simply say "religion is evil", "it's a disease" without having adequate knowledge of the religious tradition which they insult.
Athiesm/Agnostism is a fashion trend nowadays. Us religious folk are backward minded, blind sheep. Baaaaaaaaaaah!
To be really open minded about religions you have to give all the major religions a fair trial, most people that follow religions study their own religion more then they would study other religions, in a way that is narrow minded coz other religions are not getting a fair chance.
I agree 100% with this.
When you read articles/books about contradictions/errors in holy scriptures quite often they are written by scholar's who adhere to a rival religion. There are countless examples of Christians scholars writing books about contradictions/errors in the quran and there are countless examples of Muslim scholars writing books about contradictions/errors in the bible.
True, the question is whose claims are valid and whose are shoddy. I personally find it counterproductive to find errors in other religious scriptures to somehow make mine seem superior.
I have read some of the so called contridictions in the Qur'an. Many of the arguments are simplistic and any Muslim with a sound understand of the religion and easily refute them.
I personally am apathetic toward biblical contradictions. It does not effect me either way.
Religion is a like a virus in the brain, even when religious people claim to be open minded, when you spend time talking with them you realise that they ain't.
Oh oh! Let me try.
Athiesm is from the devil! The AntiChrist i tell ya! They will lead humanity astray with their immorality and their misdeeds!
See how easy that was?
The problem with religion is that if you believe in god you will believe in ANYTHING, however absurd/stupid/irrational (as long it is attributed to the god you believe in ofcause) and people will obey the most sillyest laws if their god decrees it, quite often this is just a waste of time, sometimes it can be dangerous and have disastrous consequences.
That is not true. There is good evidence to support the existance of God.
When you have been brought up by parents that follow a religion people tend to get desensitised to the awful stories written in holy scriptures, i.e. the story where Abraham was told to kill his son, as a child i was disguested by such a story but never really said anything about, as i grew up i found something like that "acceptable", now that I am an atheist I can see this pattern amongst people that follow religions, religion impairs your intellect and people's ability to think rationally, usually this is just something minor (i.e believing in the supernatural miracles the prophets performed) and quite often it can be a major problem (i.e. Christians supporting the brutality of Israel even though so many Palestinians are Christians.)
Well, i hope that you are comfortable with your current situation. To you your beliefs and to me mine.
If you feel atheism is true, then so be it. I don't feel the need to rant aboutt how bad athiesm is. i'm quite comfortable with my own beliefs, therefore i don't need to insult the beliefs of others.