TRUST IS ONE OF SEVERAL SOCIAL CONSTRUCTS, AN ELEMENT OF THE SOCIAL REALITY. TRUST IS NATURALLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SOCIAL ACTORS, BOTH INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS (SOCIAL SYSTEMS). BECAUSE TRUST IS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT, IT IS VALID TO DISCUSS WHETHER TRUST CAN BE TRUSTED , WHETHER SOCIAL TRUST OPERATES AS EXPECTED.
The most curious attribute I have encountered among very intelligent and thoughtful religious people is the tendency to give great respect to traditional beliefs, and the texts in which those beliefs are written.
For Christians, The Bible is given de facto preference, and they will quote from it liberally to validate point after point. The great contradiction inherent in this approach, of course, is seen when they will not give any other source, any other thinker or any other piece of evidence the benefit of the doubt on any other issue.
Out of all symmetry with these very smart individuals’ outlook, the Bible enjoys a special status not accorded to anything else.
Needless to say, this is an extremely dangerous and unstable situation to place oneself in. To speak only of morality, the Quran, the Bible, the Torah or any other holy text contains a significant amount of material that will clash with the overall moral framework that most people in the modern world have (including countless religious people). Why, escapes me.