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My faith in what I believe is free from doubt. I understand what it is to be a Believer. I like to think of myself as devoted to noble causes. I too can overcome obstacles through courage, persistence, and Shining Purity. I define who I am, magnify my identity, and recognize my enemies through my crusades.  (Note: True believers have an "excess of certitude.") I feel I have found "the answer" (what to believe, how to behave, the best way to do something, etc.)  I feel obligated to share what I've found with you, so you can benefit.  As I do this, please bear with me if it seems my evangelizing, persuading, etc. disrespects or devalues your beliefs, behaviors, or feelings--I have your best interests in mind. 

WV Theme #2A: The True Believer 

WV Theme #2B: I Know What's Best For You

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

has some understanding of what Knowledge is, sources of it interactions often characterized by Assertiveness
feeling of special knowledge==>Esotericism often engages in Proselytism
analysis flawed by Confirmation Bias, belief unjustified interactions often characterized by Persuasion 
values Faith as important part of belief system attitude shaped by feeling of superiority, Paternalism  

summary Wikipedia article: Belief

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Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1331 Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 2312
Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 243 Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index:72

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More to Explore --Worldview Theme #2A: The True Believer

The True Believer, book by Eric Hoffer (from online encyclopedia)
true believer syndrome  (from online encyclopedia)
Propositional Knowledge (from online encyclopedia)
Delusion (from online encyclopedia)
Dogma  (from online encyclopedia) 
List of Common Misconceptions (from online encyclopedia)
Wishful Thinking (from online encyclopedia)
Partisan (from online encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch issue #14, posted 12/16/2010: "Science and Theology: "The Humble Approach" "
Worldview Watch issue #31: posted 3/26/2013: "God, Science, Faith"
Worldview Watch issue #38, posted 5/16/2014 "Connecting September 11, 2001 to Worldview Themes"
Philosophical Isms (information on 220 philosophical, political, or moral doctrines or belief systems)
This I Believe (home page of NPR program 2005-2009  revival of 1950's program hosted by Edward R. Murrow)
List of Over 500 Human Values   (with links)
The Faith Angle Forum ("aims to strengthen reporting and commentary on how religious believers...affect American politics and public life."
Eric Hoffer (author: The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements; The Passionate State of Mind, and others)
The True Believer Revisited, by Tim Madigan (article from Philosophy Now)
true-believer syndrome  (from skepdic.com)
The Fixation of Belief, by Charles Sanders Peirce (classic essay)
Absolute Certainty: The Grip of  Belief, by Terry Walstrom  (confessions of a former religious true believer)
Truth: A Guide, by Simon Blackburn (read portions of this book on Google Books website)
The Truth Contest ("seeking answers to the big questions of life, the truth about life and death")
The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer (read excerpts of this 2011 book)
Responsible Thinking by Bob Korn (an online book about critical thinking and the problem of false beliefs)
The Faith Instinct by Nicholas Wade (2009 book re: "how religion evolved and why it endures")
"A Candid Welcome" by Meg Riley (spring 2012 article on ten religious beliefs that divide people)
The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science by Chris Mooney (April 2011 Mother Jones article)
The Biology of Belief, by Jeffrey Kluger (article from Time February 23, 2009) 
Do Religious Leaders Believe Their Religion? by Ken Perrott (July 2007 article w/ links to related ones)
All About the Journey (how a "practicing atheist" became a true believer--a book by Randall Niles and whole website)
Popper's Inversion / Leaving Truth (website of "hard-core empiricists...with an axe to grind" that questions "why we believe" in thoughtful way)
What is Faith?  (essay on Progressive Humanism website) 
Evolving God: A Provocative View of the Origins of Religion, Barbara J. King  (review of this 2007 book )
noble causes to make the world a better place that need support
Common Dreams (progressive slant) 
Reasons to Believe (Christian slant)   
Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America by John Avlon (review of 2010 book)
The Purpose Driven Life (website of book from Christian author, Rick Warren)
"The greatest threat to civility is...an excess of certitude"  (from "The Oddness of Everything", by George Will, in Newsweek
Beliefnet.com (offers a spiritual approach to your daily health and happiness)
When Faiths Collide, by Martin E. Marty (a call to embrace religious pluralism by U. of Chicago professor)
Love the Contradictions, by Robert Hardies (UU perspective) 
Skeptics and True Believers: The Exhilarating Connection Between Science and Religion, by Chet Raymo
quotes related to belief

More to Explore --Worldview Theme #2B: I Know What's Best For You

Missionary (from online encyclopedia)
Evangelicalism (from online encyclopedia)
Religious Conversion (from online encyclopedia)
Persuasion Technology  (from online encyclopedia)
Advertising (from online encyclopedia)
Lobbying (from online encyclopedia)
Arrogant ( from online encyclopedia)
Grandiosity (from online encyclopedia)
Subliminal Stimuli (from online encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch #23: Regulating Society: We Know What's Best for You
Worldview Watch #26: Worldviews, Blasphemy, and Bumper Stickers
Worldview Watch #35: posted 11/17/2013: Freedom and Motorcycle Helmet Laws
Proselytism, Change of Religion, and International Human Rights, by Natan Lerner
The Evangelism Toolbox -- database w/ multi-lingual, multi-format evangelism resources to share your faith in Christ
Tentmaker (evangelical Christian website)
Articles About Evangelism (from the Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists)
Military Chaplains Controversy (PBS Religion & Ethics News report about evangelizing at the Air Force Academy)
Links on Attitude, Persuasion, and Influence
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert Cialdini (2007 book from Arizona State Univ. professor)
Steve's Primer of Practical Persuasion and Influence (online as part of West Virginia University course)
Coercive Persuasion and Attitude Change (from Encyclopedia of Sociology)
Ethics in Proselytizing -- A Jewish View, by R. Mecklenburger
"Affinity Fraud: Fleecing the Flock" (article about "swindling people who trust you" in The Economist Jan 28 2012
"Confessions of a Lobbyist," by Joel Stein (article in Time, June 2, 2008)

"Paternalism and Its Discontents" by M. Jones and R. Bayer (2006 article uses motorcycle helmet laws to make its case)

Advertising  ( from online encyclopedia)
Educating the Consumer About Advertising -- Some Issues (from ERIC Digest)
Missions and Evangelism Quotes
quotes related to persuasion

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