Believe and you will believe

Matthew Chapman, in the “Intelligence Squared” debate “Would the World Be Better Off Without Religion?” (excerpted text begins at the 10:21 mark) :

“There are literally thousands of gods available. Which one you believe in is really just an accident of birth. … How, then, do [people] know that their god exists and that other gods don’t, or that their god is better than the other gods? Because they have been told by an authority figure. He said, ‘Our god is supreme, but he is invisible. We have no proof he exists, but if you have faith — if you make a big effort to believe in him — you will believe in him.’ It’s fantastic: They take the weakest point of the argument and make it a condition of entry, [so] that you overlook it. “

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Posted on March 29, 2012, in Christian doctrine, Christian truisms, Logic. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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