(Original post by Cerdog)
Apart from in special cases, knowledge doesn't disappear, whereas new knowledge is developed all the time. It is therefore only natural that today's goat herders know more than those of two thousand years ago.
I was referring mostly to the frequent claims of "Scientific knowledge found in the Quran", where most conversations go something like this:
Person A: The Quran shows how embryology works. How could they have known this 1400 years ago without divine intervention?
Person B: But the Quran's account of embryology is flawed in [part X] and completely wrong in [part Y].
Person A: [part X] is just a mistranslation, the true Quran is only in Arabic. [part Y] is a metaphor.
and so on. Most holy books have certain phrases that are proven wrong by science, even small ones, so if you claim your book is 100% accurate then it's generally very hard to back that up.
The Hadith is not considered the completely true word of Allah, and is hence disagreed upon by many people.
I was simply giving some reasons. Obviously I can't answer for all religious people in the world.
If this were true there would be more ex-theists than there currently are. To a critical and sceptical mind (which all should be), a holy book is not even close to a valid source, especially for a belief that can shape your whole life.
Not necessarily. I might have been scared when I watched The Blair Witch Project, but that doesn't mean I thought it was true. Maybe someone who thought the witch would come and torture them if they didn't do something specific might do that thing just in case.
Nope. You can't choose what you believe, and some people are more inclined to it than others. Some people have that "well there has to be something
that started it all" mentality, others don't.