I am and have always been interested in learning about any belief/belief system. I am an atheist, but that doesn't stop me from considering and having an interest in other ideas. I do, in fact, have a copy of the bible and a copy of the Qur'an in my room that I read from time to time.
Because, as Aristotle once put it (although not in English of course =P) "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." It is important to be able to consider every possible view, even those that I may not agree with.
I also believe that understanding books like the Bible can be very useful when it comes to understanding why religious people think what they think and act how they act. I learn about Islam and Christianity in order to gain an better understanding of Muslims and Christians.
Having read my previous reply again, I feel compelled to mention that I worded it very poorly. It would make more sense to say "what they believe" as opposed to "what they think" Which is a subtle but gravely important difference. By reading the Bible and other religious texts I gain an insight into the beliefs of others, although I won't pretend that I think it gives me the full picture.
Another good reason for me to read these books is that they have historical and cultural significance, as they have influenced the beliefs, thoughts and actions of the vast majority of humans for more than a thousand years.
Just read it when I want to.
Exactly...that's the best way. After all I'm protestant and don't believe what Pope said.....I have the book on my hand and can read and know the truth first hand...that's what Martin Luther struggled for. Knowledge to people directly.
no, it was forced on me as a child,
I had to go every Sunday. We lived right across the road from a Baptist church. When I went off to college, that cycle ended.
my only childhood...oh, Catholic.
See this is a good question
Keep up the good question work
Yes. Initially all preacher looked honest and pious. But when I came to know them more closely, I realised what they preach they never practice. So why should I learn what they don't themselves believe but preach as a profession ?
I took catechism classes when I was a kid ... left me with a lot of questions nobody could seem to answer logically to me and left me confused as he11
Yep...and then I did. Best thing I ever did!!!
I'm always learning...
I have learned some about both..always willing to learn more about anything (except math =.=) though.
We Soviets are atheists. It is a major waste of time to study such crude fiction about imaginary gods. I know more than enough about this inane "govno".
I answered the question. If you cannot understand me, I can speak in Russian. I said it is a major waste of time, so I do not want to study about any gods. How can you say I did not answer the question? Do you want to learn more about Slavic gods Perun and Volos?
If you actually cannot tell that I do not, you need to study languages much more. Do you wish to study Perun, Volos, Zeus, Jupiter, Wotan, Amaterasu, Ahuramazda and many more gods?
Are you still stuck in the era of commune. Communism is long dead and soviets are flocking to orthodox Church. Don't generalise all soviets in a one brush stroke.