A Down to Earth Reason for Atheists to Study Philosophy of Religion

A lot of atheists who argue about religion on the internet don’t think philosophy justifies the claims it argues for. We can construct an argument for something, but in the absence of hard evidence to prop up the argument it’s all just air. Let’s assume this is true. The fact remains that saying “your argument is just air because it’s not supported by hard evidence” might fail to be persuasive to your audience, especially if you’re already several moves deep into the exchange.

This is why atheists routinely make arguments that assume that some of the theist’s premises are true and show that the argument fails anyway. You’re not establishing things scientifically here, but most atheists will be able to agree that having those extra internal objections could be just enough to tip a lurker over the edge. Reading what philosophers have written will help you come up with more of these potentially crucial extra arguments.

In summary:

  1. Persuading people that Christianity is irrational is valuable.
  2. Knowing internal objections to Christianity will help persuade people that it is irrational.
  3. Studying philosophy of religion will help you find more internal objections.
  4. Therefore, all other things being equal, it is a good idea to study philosophy of religion.

Here are some websites you can use.

Good luck.

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One thought on “A Down to Earth Reason for Atheists to Study Philosophy of Religion

  1. dstamps2173

    To know Truth, it is necessary to by-pass our self-interest filter.

    Therefore, all the arguments you see and hear are usually biased by self-interest. It matters not whether it is from a Christian source or an Atheistic source.

    Until you totally by-pass your self-serving nature’s filter, you will never know Truth.

    Because of the self-serving nature, Christians accept beliefs that appear or are irrational; but atheists do the same thing.

    Atheists look at a highly synergistic world and believe it occurred through some unthinking process. Yet, they can point to nothing today that becomes something greater through some unthinking process unless it is acted on by outside forces in some way. Once they see that it changes to something greater by an outside force, then that opens up the question as to how that outside force occurred. When they begin getting close to the Cause that began it all, their self-serving nature stops them; and they draw irrational conclusions.

    The same happens with many Christians, when it comes to the Bible. They want the Bible to be literal—the way they see it is the way it is. Therefore, they come up with all kinds of irrational beliefs, such as the Earth is around 5000 years old.

    It is not difficult to find 2 individuals with almost the same educational background believing opposite sides of the same argument. The debates on the Philosophy of Religion site are only one example of this fact.

    Most people that listen to the debates, or read them, will tend to accept the argument that “tickles their ears”? You certainly are not an exception. Believing as I do, I still have to question myself and have doubts about my ability to by-pass the self-serving nature. Therefore, I rely on how many questions I can answer in unity—Reality being the unity. If I come across a contradiction, I must resolve it. I suggest you practice the same.

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