As my previous post states, high investment in our beliefs obstruct us from seeing their conspicuously odd nature. It is easy to see the oddness of another’s beliefs, when we are not invested. If you are surprised by the odd beliefs of others, don’t jump to the conclusion that they are dumb, it may just be investment.
There are several conspicuously odd claims made by Christians which are easily obvious to nonbelievers. Heck, even my kids have mentioned them without my prompting:
Local revelation: that in this vast world, the Christian and Jewish God only elected one culture, one people, to which to reveal himself. Inspired by John Zande’s fine graphic here, I made my own illustration (expanding the area a bit for the sake of accuracy) of this conspicuously odd claim. Click on the graphic for a larger version.
Bibliolatry: many Christians believe that you can’t know their god without their handbook — their anthology. How bizarre is that? Above right is my graphic for that. See my post here on Bibliolatry.
Bloody Sacrifices: That their god demands blood in order to forgive someone for wrong-doings is already bizarre, but to say that killing an innocent person for another’s wrong-doings is even more bizarre. See this post for other atonement theologies.
I won’t go on about the bizarre, conspicuously odd stories inside the Bible, for I think it is easier to criticize obvious conspicuously odd points before diving into that mess. Yet I fool myself to think these points should cause a true believer to flinch because high invested may be the main obstacle. For I don’t really understand how religion and beliefs serve a person — they are rarely actual propositional assertions though the believer may confess otherwise.