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Clifford on Faith and Reason Concepts Clifford’s main argument Evaluation Harms from belief with insufficient evidence Benefits of religious belief
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Faith Attitudes Short Answer Consider the following story. I was raised as a Christian and, to the extent I thought about it at all, believed that the New Testament was largely historically accurate, and, even if it wasn’t a perfect record of historical events, it was a good moral guide. I eventually came to have doubts about the Bible’s historical accuracy, about whether the basic ideas made sense, and, more generally, how there could ever be evidence for the existence of God—an invisible, eternal, perfect being who existed outside normal time and space, cared for us and watched over us. 1. Because of these doubts, I eventually came to reject the existence of God. 2. Eventually I decided that there was no way to answer these questions one way or the other and resolved to suspend judgment about the existence of God and the truth of any religion. 3. Eventually I decided that, although I could not completely resolve my doubts, I didn’t have good reason to reject the beliefs I had had all my life. Those beliefs had helped me (or so I believed) a great deal in life. They gave me common ground and a sense of community with others, provided hope and meaning to my life, and helped me to live a morally good life. So after a period of doubt, I maintained my Christian beliefs.
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