If there is an emperical authority it would be Jesus (GOD). But you aren't looking at this realistically.There are big mouths and little mouths. You can dismiss the little mouths because no one cares what they say.(That is you and me) Then there are the big mouths, and they have access to many minds, and there are those in the world that are followers and simply believe things they hear because they don't critically examine the things these big mouths say. It is then up to us little mouths to tell them better.<quoted text>
Don't you get it? Of course he is not! He is a human putting forth his views with his reasons, which you can agree with or not.
NOBODY is an unquestioned authority. Ever, in anything. And sorry mate, but I include Jesus in that category.
Then why do evolutionists like Eugeneie Scott violently oppose critical examination of human from non-human evolution in the schools? If it is true, then it should be able to survive every critical examination easily, so why oppose critical examination?<quoted text>
I have a different take. It was acceptance of dogmatic authority that enabled both. Same thing with Stalin, Pol Pot, and Mao, and they were not religious. For me its this dogmatic aspect that enables men to do evil things that is the core issue, and religion is one form of dogmatism but not the only one.
The cure is rational empirical skepticism. That is, nobody and no doctrine is the automatic authority. All claims must be open to critical examination and backed by evidence.