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Why Do People Try To Impose Their Beliefs On Others?

What are the psychological reasons behind this phenomenon? Why is it so important to have somebody else believe in what i believe in? Any thoughts?

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The Quran says in Surah Ya'asin that you cannot change no one.

Also check the Bible, except those that have been elected it is impossible.

There is no point in trying to impose your religion on a fellow member except

the person doesn't know what he or she believes.

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Preaching and teaching is an assignment christ gave his followers when he left what is left is for you is to read your bible and sincerely ask God for direction which he will not fail to provide.

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^ Same applies to those that believe that theres no God

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If one has to believe, it means he or she does not know, and if one does not know, that is ignorance. Hence, belief is ignorance and religious belief without the facts is ignorance; So demand that anyone attempting to impose on you their religious beliefs, they are to produce facts. The most deceptive word in religion is the word "believe" or "belief", Because a person can believe anything and this means that a person can believe, And be 100% wrong But knowledge is knowing and knowledge is correct information. "To know" gives one confidence, but belief infers doubt.

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I still don't understand why religious people hate Dawkins so much. His approach is actually gentler than that of some religious folks. I still wonder if it is because of how popular his books have become. The way I see it, Dawkins has simply chosen to be outspoken unlike many atheists.

Also, atheism is not evolution. Add that to the loads of evidence supporting evolution as against e.g creationism.

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It's a natural human tendency to always want others to see things from our own perspective, whether theist, atheist or even agnostic. And as someone mentioned earlier, it is not even restricted to religious matters alone, but spans across all issues that demand a level of conviction.

However, it cannot be denied that theists (Christians and Muslims particularly) constitute the most nuisance in this act of belief imposition. After all, they're simply carrying out the injuctions that their individual religions have clearly spelt out to them. The atheist that actively attempts to talk others out of their belief is only being human, an overzealous one, perhaps; just like the Chelsea fan trying to make the Man Utd fan believe that his team is the better one. But for the theist, it will probably be counted onto him as a sin if he fails to not understand that people cannot just always see things the same way. I guess that explains the NEED for them to always IMPOSE what they think is true on others. To the theist, it is an OBLIGATION. He just cannot afford to understand the fact that since all humans are unique in their own way, they can NEVER all see the same things in the same way. Funny enough, even within same religion, and worse, same sect in same religion, there's still a lot of overt and covert proselytizing. Shouldn't that tell us something?

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^^ hehe, I stand to be corrected on this one, but Dawkins does not represent the atheism of many atheists. I understand that quite a lot of other atheists themselves are not impressed by the likes of Dawkins and his band of 'new atheists'.

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That "looney" Richard Dawkins is always preaching atheism at any opportunity he gets. I actually watched a programme on on discovery channel were he was preahing atheism to some school children under the guise of "evolution"

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@wirinet,

I see your point though; but I do not agree with the basis of your conclusions. People feel a need to seek some commonality in whatever they believe - whether they are theists or atheists, it matters very little whatever the number of such maybe. Either way, there are some in both atheism and theism who do not care about 'evangelizing/converting/proselytizing'; but we cannot say at the basic level, this need is mainly a matter more about Christianity or Islam. One may only draw that conclusion on the idea that atheists by contrast are smaller in numerical strength; but we know that there are many efforts today by atheists to push their own beliefs to the fore.

Perhaps, it may be said without much risk that it is particularly agnostics (not atheists or theists) who may not be perturbed about seeking 'converts' or pushing their 'beliefs'.

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Viaro, own own dear Aristotle, i commend you for raising to to challenge and presenting proof of atheist activism.

But you must agree that out of all the tens of atheist and thousands of atheist posts, only very few attempt to convert others. In fact majority discourages evangelism, it is my believe that a person believes according to his needs, understanding and exposure, and as the saying goes, you will have to seek ask before you can find.

Even though you will agree that Huxleys approach is an exception to the rule, he cannot be said to be impulsive and imposing in his approach. He advocates for the subtle approach. Not the aggressive and sometime violent approach employed by Christians and Muslims.

Of course the above applies to everybody to some extent, but even within the theists, the Christians and Muslims take it to the extreme. It is said to be part of every believer's duty to convince everybody he comes in contacts with.  That is why it sometimes get violent when a Muslim attempts to carry out such injunction on a Christian trying to do same.

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All the above ^^ are found both among theists and atheists.

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Try these:

What do the quotes above suggest?

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It is human to seek security in numbers, imposition of one's beliefs is a main vice we have been living with. It happens in the religious, political, intellectual domains - and even mundane areas like sports (arsenal vs Chelsea). People and societies go to war over imposition of beliefs, remember the cold war was mainly about a belief of capitalism vs communism.

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@poster I think is sheer ignorance.

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oh what a sweet day it will be when i will wake up in the morning without the noise of the street preacher waking me up from my sweet dreams.

and no knocking on my door heralding the coming of the house to house preachers.

peacefully napping on the bus without any religious chorus songs keeping me awake amidst shouts of repent for the day of the lord is coming.

and of course not bothering to catch the nine o clock network news to know whether another religious riot has started as a result of some people making some silly drawings.

such a day is what i long for. a real peaceful day it will be.

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Going outside this webboard for a moment, i can name one atheist fundermentalist who is also aggressively looking for converts. He goes by the name of, Richard Dawkins.

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Please show me an atheist post soliciting for converts to atheism. What will he promise converts, prosperity? heaven or any special privileges?. As as said most atheists are reactive to denigration and ridicule by religious people. Some get overly aggressive.

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That's flat out false. Atheists on these boards are a prime example.

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Well, it applies mainly to the Christian and Muslim religions, they are the ones that are ready to go to extremes to get others to believe what they believe. The Jews, Hindus and Buddhists are contented with their beliefs and post stringent conditions on becoming a believer. I have not known any Atheist who tries to impose his beliefs on others, most of the time a lot of them react to the aggressive approach of christians and muslims at trying to convert them.

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Because it give you a sense of security in numbers, and it helps reinforce your beliefs. It is ego soothing to be able to convince other to abandon their beliefs and follow yours. Then there is the sense of arrogance at being more knowledgeable and special than others.

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The first probelm is many people be follow, follow and them no  open eye. Secondly, people love to be part of the latest trend such as religion, fashion and music etc.

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