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The Four Methods of Charles S Peirce In The Fixation of Belief Charles S Peirce attempts to explain his four methods of establishing belief in which he says all people have These methods can be put to the test with any subject matter and one shall always fit For instance let us look at the broad but always hot topic of religious matters or affairs First take into account Peirces first method which is the method of tenacity Its definition is taking as answer to a question any we may fancy and constantly reiterating it to ourselves dwelling on all which may conduce to that belief and learning to turn with contempt and hatred from anything that might disturb it There is a very strong argument that this could be the method of choice for religious belief Take apart the definition for a moment and you might begin to see this As it talks about constantly reiterating the belief to ourselves it may very well be said that this could be construed as going to church each week What happens in church Well we pray sing give thanks and offerings all that we may be reminded that our purpose in life is to serve our Lord with gladness and with all of our hearts at all times The part that I do not see fit in the first method is the part about turning with contempt and hatred from anything that might disturb it From past experience I have always found religious people to be some of the most open minded people willing to listen and be attentive to anything you have to say They do not turn with contempt and hatred if you do not believe exactly what they believe The only case where I see a religious group shutting out anything and everything would be the monks page 2 They go to great lengths to get as far
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