For example, Lets say you believe in God and that you are a Christian. Christian beliefs says that you are not allowed to get a divorce but you don't agree on them with that. Does that mean you are contradicting you entire religion/belief?
asked Nov 18 '12 at 23:54
First off, if something is your belief, how do you not believe it. If you believe it, it is your belief. If you do not believe it, it is not your belief. To say you do not believe something you believe is a lie, not a contradiction.
In the case of agreeing or disagreeing with a text, such as the Bible, you are exercising your own judgment about which parts you choose to agree and disagree with. Still, what you believe to be true is what you believe. To believe that the Bible is true with the exception of the following, is still a statement of what you believe.
A contradiction can be the status of a belief. Rand uses a fairly simple example in her works." "There are no absolutes." they chatter, blanking out the fact that they just uttered an absolute."
A person can believe that there are no absolutes. They have not examined the nature of their belief to grasp whether it is contradictory or not. To understand what an absolute is, is to know there are indeed, absolutes. To believe "there are no absolutes" is to hold a contradiction as a belief. We only have a choice, as human beings, whether to examine our beliefs to determine if they are true or false, consistent or inconsistent, non-contradictory or contradictory, or to default on that examination.
answered Nov 19 '12 at 11:05