His views themselves (as far as I know) are not in and of themselves harmful. That's not the point I'm trying to make here.
My point is that I am constantly astounded that religion gets a free pass. People say that we should respect
other's religion and that it's a good thing to have faith. You have a view that the Earth is flat? No that is wrong, absolutely wrong. You have a view that an invisible man in the sky grants wishes when you pray? Oh, you have to respect that.
Well, I'm not surprised that it exists, but I'm annoyed and maddened by it. There is a reason this type of attitude exists towards religion, otherwise it wouldn't exist. That reason is because religion is a set of ideas that functions as a virus. It produces thoughts and ideas that act to cement itself in someone's mind and keep itself from being pulled out. The idea that religion needs to be "respected" is one such idea. Along with ideas about heaven and hell and numerous others.
The idea that we should "respect" people's religious beliefs is a very dangerous one. Sure his particular beliefs are not harmful, but the idea that only one religion is the true religion can and has lead to some very dangerous, not only ideas, but actions. Moderation leads to fanaticism and intolerance. If you believe strongly enough that those who believe differently than you are wrong, than why not have an inquisition? After all, what's a little suffering for them compared to an eternity in heaven for them if you get them to convert and confess?
The ideas that I was lumping together, in and of themselves, were not the main point. The main point was that religion gets that free pass. We see those other ideas that are said with the same exact wording as rick uses, and we immediately jump on them as wrong. But we say that having these religious ideas is ok, that faith is good, that we should respect those ideas. It's what I like to call, hypocritical.
I only use the phrase "disproved by logic" because that was the line of thinking that rick was going with:
People who get good educations spend much of their time honing their critical thinking skills to a razor-sharp edge and feeding their intellect with as much scientific information about reality as they can handle. That's exactly what they ought to be doing, of course ... So imagine the difficulty of telling any of those smart, well-educated people that there is exactly one true thing that is unlike every other truth they've learned about or studied scientifically, in that it can only be known by rejecting what science and human senses tell them about that thing.
Christianity claims that it contains a truth so true that our broken human selves cannot comprehend this truth, because we are broken, all the way down to our intellect and senses. We become fixed and whole only when we choose to accept that truth in spite of any and all evidence to the contrary. It's a terrifying thing to do; it goes against every human instinct.
It bugs the hell out of me that in many ways, the smarter a person is, and the better-educated, and the better at critical thinking, the more of a hindrance that person has to accepting the truth of Christianity. Knowledge is a priceless gift and is certainly one of the most important goals every person must strive to attain, all throughout one's life. But all of our knowledge is that of humans, and as such, it is marred by the same crucial defect that plagues everything human.
What sort of a fool willingly turns his or her back on science and logic? In this one case, and only this one case, the answer is -- a wise fool.