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A Fairy is a small imaginary being of human form that has insect wings and Magical powers, especially a female one.

Evidence for fairiesEdit

Photographs have turned up but nothing has convinced skeptics that fairies are real. Major Edward Halls wrote about some such photos:

On the evidence I have no hesitation in saying that these photographs could have been faked. I criticize the attitude of those who declare there is something supernatural in the circumstances attending to the taking of these pictures because, as a medical man, I believe that the inculcation of such absurd ideas into the minds of children will result in later life in manifestations and nervous disorder and mental disturbances..." [1][2]

Believing in fairiesEdit

Very many, possibly most liberals have some religious faith and there are Conservative atheists. We're liberal Freethinkers on this website and we like getting together with others who agree with us.

Are the concepts of fairies, "absurd ideas [which] will result in later life in manifestations and nervous disorder and mental disturbances"? Is believing in fairies more or less absurd than believing in the Christian God? During the early 20th Century when the comment was made Christianity was very much the dominant religion round the UK. Belief in fairies was a rival to the dominant religion and easier to attack.

  1. Those who believe in fairies sometimes see them as powerful Supernatural protectors, other times see them as powerful beings who can harm us if we offend them.
  2. Liberal Christians primarily see God as a caring protector. Conservative Christians primarily see God as a being who can punish us in this life and Hereafter if we go against his wishes.

To an Objective observer it should appear that belief in fairies and Hellfire Christianity are both equally likely or unlikely to result in, "manifestations and nervous disorder and mental disturbances". As so often happens the dominant religion is seen as virtuous Faith while rival beliefs are considered absurd Superstition.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fairy
  2. The Case of the Cottingley Fairies

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