The semantics of belief

in order to clarify the difference between religious belief and how good scientists entertain hypotheses and theories.
Here, at this point in the development of the method, we can say the following. Each religious tenet, or article of faith, is by definition given 1 by believers in that religion (unless they are suffering a “crisis of faith”. Such people might not be party to this discussion, or might refuse to take part, or might join in but refuse to accept the idea of evaluating propositions in this way. Many religious people are technophobes who have a dislike of science, and especially mathematics. That is their prejudice.

However in my terms, the fact that they give these absolute values to their beliefs is evident in their reactions to suggestions that their beliefs are false. Whereas a scientist would, given rasonable grounds for doubt of a theory, calmly evaluate it and (if using my scheme) assign a lower evaluation if the new countervailing evidence seems to have merit and to warrant re-evaluation, a religious person will generally just reject all suggestions and countervailing argument out of hand, or try to change the subject or the rules of the argument, or even (especially in the case of religious authorities from time immemorial) try to suppress the new evidence and possibly to silence by more drastic means any person raising the argument or evidence.