A Sherlock Holmes Insight to Christian Indoctrination

SHARE:

NonServiam ~

I'm a recently de-converted Catholic Christian, and am so glad to have found this site. I was thinking over recently how I was able to believe for so long, and happened to gain a new perspective while reading one of my favorite story collections, Sherlock Holmes. In one of the stories (I'm paraphrasing here), Holmes and Watson are on their way to a crime scene, and Watson has already conjectured a theory as to the motive for the crime, and who likely committed it. Sherlock, however, admonishes his friend, saying:

"One should never form a theory before one has all the evidence at one's disposal. Otherwise, one begins to twist facts to suit theories, rather than theories to suit facts."

I actually put down the book and marveled at how this perfectly illustrated how I remained a Christian for so long. Since I was born, I was taught in Catholic schools that the truth of Christianity and the Bible was fact, and not open to dispute. So even when in high school doubts and challenges to my faith began to come my way, nothing could make me stop believing. This is because my though process had been warped; rather than look at opposing evidence to Christianity from an independent perspective, I viewed it from the perspective that it must SOMEHOW reconcile with my Christian worldview. How could it not? I convinced myself evolution must be the process by which god creates, rather than evidence against the Genesis story. I convinced myself that stories like Noah's Ark and Jonah and the Whale must simply be metaphors, not evidence of historical fallacies. I know better now, but this, to me, is exactly what Holmes cautions Watson against; twisting facts so that they suit what one already believes, rather than giving them an honest and unbiased analysis. It wasn't until I recently began to question my preconceived theory (that Christianity must be correct) that I was able to assess the true implications of relevant facts, rather than twist them to fit with my established beliefs.

Thankfully, I'm now in a well-esteemed, secular college, and freedom from the conservative, religious heavy-nature of my early life has allowed me to broaden my horizons and reassess my beliefs. After suffering years of religious indoctrination, I am now free from Christianity and happier than I have ever been. Good riddance!

COMMENTS

A. Uiet Bhor,8,Agnosticator,9,Al Wm Johnson,3,Alegria,3,Alen Basic,1,American Apostate,3,Andrew Jasko,3,Anne R Keye,6,AnonAgno94,4,Apostate Paul,3,Articles,842,Aspieguy,12,Astreja,19,Atheist Dad,1,atheistnurse,10,AtheistToothFairy,6,Avangelism Project,7,Ben Love,68,Bill J,17,billybee,10,BlackFreethought,11,Bob Keye,3,Bob P,9,Bob R,5,boomSlang,2,Bore Venal Charlatan,2,Brian B,5,Brian Kellogg,8,Brisancian,3,Brother Jeff,9,Bruce Gerencser,2,Bruno Corey,1,Butch,2,C. T. Ogden,4,Calladus,5,Carl S,364,Carol Putnam,2,Carolyn Hyppolite,10,Cecelia,4,Cheryl Ensom Dack,6,Chris W.,1,Christian Agnostic,2,Christmas,66,ChuckyJesus,7,ConversationsWithA,1,D. R. Khashaba,6,DagoodS,17,Daniel Morgan,2,Daniel out of the Lion's Den,15,Daniel Payne,1,Dano,28,darklady,7,Dave8,1,DealDoctor,29,Dennis Diehl,1,Dethblight,6,dharma,4,Discordia,4,DocMIke,30,Doubting Thomas,2,Doug John,1,Dr. Marlene Winell,41,Dr. Valerie Tarico,215,DRC,2,dswrites,2,Easter,32,EChamberlainMD,12,Ed (Teapot),2,Eric Jeffries,2,eveningmeadows,13,Evid3nc3,4,ex-Pastor Dan,25,exfundy,8,exPenty,8,Faithfool,2,Feature,6,Fernando Alcántar,5,freddieb42,2,freeatlast,6,Freethinking Okie,1,Gabe,3,Gary T. McDonald,1,God-O-Rama,6,Godlessgrrl,5,Greenworld,4,hellboundsoul,3,Houndies,3,Ian,14,illu minati,2,Incongruous Circumspection,11,J.C. Samuelson,25,J.W.,2,JadedAtheist,2,Jake Rhodes,3,James A. Haught,4,James C,4,Jazzybelle,3,Jennifer,3,Jody,5,John Blatt,8,John Botha,1,John Draper,26,John Fraysse,7,John Loftus,26,John Shores,26,Kalos,4,Karen Garst,31,Kevin Parry,1,Klym,24,Larry C,5,Larry Spencer,5,Letters,150,Libby Anne,3,Log1cd1ctat3s,2,Lorena,16,Luke,1,lungfish,1,Micah_Cowan,3,Michael Runyan,32,Michael Sherlock,5,Mriana,38,MtlRedAtheist,8,News,271,Nikki,1,Nvrgoingbk,7,NYdiva,2,ooglyman,2,Opinion,963,Patrice,2,Paul So,26,Philippe Orlando,3,Philonous,1,Politics,59,Positivist,5,Psy-Cop,1,psychman33,5,Rational Okie,3,Renoliz,10,Rev Ex-Evangelist,7,RickO,3,Robert Conner,8,Ronna Russell,12,RubySera,1,Rudy,4,Russ Hamel,2,SailerFraud,5,Sam Singleton,5,Science,105,SConner,2,SeageVT,3,Shaolin,4,Sharon,3,Simplex Munditiis,3,Son of a preacher,5,Stephen F. Uhl,4,Steve Dustcircle,4,Stillunsure,4,Stronger Now,3,summerbreeze,33,Susan G. Bonella,3,Tania,22,tekHedd,2,Testimonials,1902,Thanksgiving,8,The New Heretics,4,The STeWpId MoNkEy,4,The Thylacine,2,TheThinkingAtheist,5,Thin-ice,5,ThinkTank,5,Thomas,1,Tim Simmons,22,Tim Sledge,3,Tim Whistorn,2,Tim Wolf,1,TinMan,1,True Anathema,4,TruthSurge,11,Tyrone Williams,5,u,1,Ubi Dubium,4,undercover agnostic,24,unoder,7,Vadarama,2,Victor J Webster,2,Videos,433,Vyckie,11,Webmdave,85,WidePathGirl,2,WizenedSage,158,xrayman,6,xxkindofboredxx,2,Zach Moore,13,
ltr
item
ExChristian.Net: A Sherlock Holmes Insight to Christian Indoctrination
A Sherlock Holmes Insight to Christian Indoctrination
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-enj86ztIWbA/VSjqyJO0k1I/AAAAAAAAJGw/fQfqlkbNzXg/s1600/Holmes-never-guess.png
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-enj86ztIWbA/VSjqyJO0k1I/AAAAAAAAJGw/fQfqlkbNzXg/s72-c/Holmes-never-guess.png
ExChristian.Net
https://new.exchristian.net/2015/04/a-sherlock-holmes-insight-to-christian.html
https://new.exchristian.net/
https://new.exchristian.net/
https://new.exchristian.net/2015/04/a-sherlock-holmes-insight-to-christian.html
true
1266985040290242663
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read more Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy