I was raised in a benign but slack-jawed cult which I now realize stunted my personal growth and intellectual development until my early 20s. I’m in my late 20s now and I give a lot of the credit to the books of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens for teaching me that asking for evidence is the best plan of action, and not accepting subjective experience, even my own, as evidence.
Though I’m now an unalloyed secularist, I once believed all manner of preposterous, absolutely unsubstantiated assertions and for the life of me, I can’t explain why I was so sure of them, except to admit that I accepted them on pure faith without any attempt to ask for corroborative evidence. Once I started asking for evidence, these beliefs all evaporated like dew in a summer morning. I have since adopted the evidence method, and am currently dancing in the proverbial sunlight therefore.
Thank you so much.