Why do religious people make claims and then refuse to back them up?
But, in respect to the original question, I have a theory. I MEAN, a hypothesis.
I just saw a Ted Talk last night that wasn't really on this subject.
The talk is about qualities of leadership, but something the guy said kind of relates.
He was making the point that with really successful leaders, whether that leader may be Apple or Rev. Martin Luther King, people weren't buying what they sold.
The guy kept saying throughout the talk, "People don't buy what you sell, they buy what you believe."
He talked about how this related to the way the brain functions.
And I think, ultimately, that's the problem with religious people. They buy into religion because it appeals to the part of their brain that is emotional, irrational.
For instance, I love my MacBook Pro. I would buy a brand new MacBook Pro tomorrow if I needed another one. Why? Because I believe it to be the best. But, on paper, the hardware isn't top of the line, the software isn't necessarily faster, etc. But, I buy into the belief that it is a quality product, and nothing you show me or say will change my mind because I LOVE MY MACBOOK PRO. Yes, it's irrational, but that's how I feel! I don't care that it's irrational! And, I haven't experienced enough discomfort to try the alternative.
Back to religion. How did I snap out of the religious, theist mindset? I was experiencing discomfort. EXTREME discomfort. So, I started listening to the rational part of my brain.
I dunno, does this make any sense?
PS. For those curious, here is the Ted talk I'm referring to: