An argument against the religious belief

That disagreement, considered in isolation, casts a shadow of suspicion over all their respective verdicts. The skeptical theist has created a chasm between human and divine knowledge far beyond what theism has traditionally affirmed.

Hume believes that there is no probability left in support of them. But when I looked at these "myths" that atheists supposedly hold about religion, I was more than a bit baffled. Much of what is good has become corrupted, and this corruption stems from these free creatures, not from God.

Second, the above objection overlooks the fact that what evidence we have concerning the unreliability of our judgements about extraordinary hidden agency extends well beyond mere diversity of opinion about what such agency is like.

Is he [God] willing to prevent evil, but not able? Instead, he seems to take the arguments from prior probability and the four circumstances as counting against most or all of them. Beyond this, Philo finds another intractably weak analogy between artifacts and natural objects.

It has the advantage of committing Hume to the sparse ontology of the naturalist without actually committing him to potentially dogmatic metaphysical positions.

Here are a few of my favourite examples drawn from countless others: Thus, while each individual instance of evil may not be justified by a particular greater good, the existence of a world where evil is possible is necessary for a world where soul making can occur. According to this theodicy, as advanced by Hick, God created the world as a good place, but no paradise, for developing morally and spiritually mature beings.

Religion is deeply embedded into our culture and our laws. Image Flickr creative commons, by Marcel Dzama The X-claim argument against religious belief Introduction This paper outlines an argument against religious belief: Comments Do atheists really misunderstand religion?

For the overwhelming majority of people who use the word, "religion" means "belief in supernatural entities or forces with some effect on the natural world.

Argument from religious experience

However, if the above reconstruction of Part I is correct, and Hume thinks that the Categorical Argument has established that we are never justified in believing the testimony of miracles, we might wonder why Part II exists at all.

First, in addition to Humean axioms, we have empirical premises rather than definitions that support the key inferences. This is true whether we posit a necessary being in order to stop a designer regress as above, or if we posit it to explain the contingent beings in the universe.

On individuating methods According to externalists, in determining whether Sylvia knows, we should be individuating methods externalistically.

If this is right, then 4 does not beg the question. Second, it is a fact of human nature that we find surprise and wonder agreeable. His third, related presumption against miracles is that testimony of their occurrence tends to be inversely proportionate to education: Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God.

In the latter half of the twentieth century, the logical argument held sway. From the point of view of Christianity, one miracle of particular significance is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In that case, the rapist will be unable to engage in the attack. The Augustinian theodicy concludes with the culmination of history entailing cosmic justice.

Hume, Holism, and Miracles. Beliefs about matters of fact are supported only by proofs stronger or probabilities weaker that come in varying degrees of strength.

We suppose, rightly, that those who believed in the gods of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome were mistaken. Moral, Political, and Literary.

I now anticipate six responses to the above argument. Yet surely I can continue reasonably to maintain my political, philosophical, or moral position even whilst acknowledging that there is a good number of intelligent well-informed people that disagree with me. As defined, a miracle may occur without any person observing it i.

The Concept of Miracle.


Second, again in opposition to the rationalist metaphysicians, he points out that dreamless sleep establishes that mental activity can be at least temporarily extinguished; we therefore have no reason to think that it cannot be permanently extinguished.

Surely a creative mind is itself a complex, purposive system as well. The third range of factors Hume mentions are the variable historical and social conditions that affect credulity. Consider, for example, the rule or method of belief formation that tells you to believe that p when you see that p even in the presence of good evidence for thinking that your senses are not to be trusted.

However, it may be that, unlike other X-claim believers also relying on a subjective sense of presence, Sylvia is employing a method that actually is safe. Temple University Press, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Religious freedom in America means that we all have a right to our religious beliefs, but this does not give us the right to use our religion to discriminate against and impose those beliefs on others who do not share them.

Criticism of religion is criticism of the ideas, the truth, or the practice of religion, including its political and social implications.

[1] Historical records of criticism of religion goes back to at least 5th century BCE in ancient Greece, with Diagoras "the Atheist" of Melos.

The Moral Case Against Religious Belief

Religious people and “faitheists”—my term for nonbelievers who feel that religion is good for society as a whole—have been using a new.

Books The Moral Case Against Religious Belief Marilyn Kane reviews The Moral Case Against Religious Belief by R.A. Sharpe. Once, asked to comment on a book, Abraham Lincoln replied, “People who like this sort of thing will find this is the sort of thing they like.”.

The argument from religious experience is an argument for the existence of holds that the best explanation for religious experiences is that they constitute genuine experience or perception of a divine reality.

Various reasons have been offered for and against accepting this contention. Arguments Against God’s Existence Also see a great websites here: Reason Christianity is False, Existence of God – Wikipedia, from the religious side, Atheological Arguments for Atheism, The Anthropic Argument, Q&A, Cosmological Argument, Transcendental Arguments.

An argument against the religious belief
Rated 4/5 based on 25 review