Religion(s) and the pursuit of knowledge

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    Ever wonder why the pursuit of knowledge is a big no-no accoding to the dogma of many of the world's prominent religions?

    I've always considered that a HUGE red flag.

    How about you?
     
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    The only reason anyone would not want others to learn in any way is to have power over them. Religious leaders of many religions do not want the people to learn because as long as their followers remain uneducated the leaders hold power over them, thus they teach their followers to answer all questions with 'god dunnit'.
     
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    I have wondered why that is, but my priest says I'm not allowed to know the answer. :lol:
     
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    :rofl:

    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Anguille again
     
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    The Prophet Muhammad said, “Seek knowledge even in China,”

    In his time, going to China was like going to the moon. It was a very dangerous journey and could take years.

    He was basically saying to seek knowledge no matter what cost.

    The Quran is very big on knowledge and science.
     
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    Swede!
     
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    That makes sense.

    But it also IMO betrays somewhat of a God/Religion paradox. As I've stated in other threads, I have no knowledge of what God might think, want or care about if indeed God exists. However, I cannot fathom any good reason why God would frown upon the pursuit of knowledge, especially if it leads to enlightenment. So it's actually possible that organized religions that seemingly trumpet the worship of and belief in God, are oddly enough and unwittingly, anti-God.

    My head hurts.
     
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    I shall add this to the previously empty "pro" column and see how it stacks up against the mountain of "con" entries in my should I become a Muslim decision chart.
     
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    lol, I see it's okay for Manifold to think he might know what God wants.

    :eusa_whistle:
     
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    And this after I took special effort to preface the comment just for you. :doubt:
     

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