podbaydoor wrote:Pez Dispens3r wrote: Atheists, in this respect, are more like soccer fans who've studied the official rulebook but have never observed a bunch of kids playing it in a park.
Yeah, no. Have you missed the numerous stories told in this very forum of atheists who grew up with religious backgrounds and made the choice to leave? Thank you for continuing yet another misconception.
My point was that Catholics are very likely to imagine the bread/wine are symbolic of the blood/body, regardless of the actual teachings, and as a theological point it's something an atheist is more likely to be aware of than is a regular churchgoer. People tend to practice their religion however, and coming as someone who's studied their religion it's kind of pointless to tell them they're doing it wrong if they go against official teachings. It's more important how religion is actually practiced than how it's meant to be practiced.
And I guess what I'm saying is that atheists are more likely to be cynics and, as cynics, research all the corner rules which don't really matter to the majority of people who practice.