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There are many reasons why beliefs are cast aside. Here are some of them.

 

New knowledge provides a better explanation. (Darwin v. Genesis.)

The source of the belief becomes discredited. (Professor Dawson and the Piltdown Man.)

Events prove someting. (A screw driven ship is better than a paddle steamer.)

Personal proof that a thing does not work. (Weight reducing scheme.)

Authoritative stement. ("I don't love you any more.")

Experience.  'They promised it would help but it's quite useless.  (D.I.Y. instructions translated from Japanese.)

 

A common reason for discarding a religious belief was that 'the new God is stronger'. The superior technology of Europeans arriving in Africa was evidence of their stronger God. And look at Elijah on Mount Carmel. 'My God can produce fire - yours can't!'

 

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