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Further the magnitude of belief in god can not be

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Further, the magnitude of belief in God can not be overlooked. To unaffectedly believe in a God with no foundation is a crushing mistake. Clark claims that, “God has given us an awareness of himself that is not dependent on theistic arguments.” This argument is incredibly weak and quite easily destructible given the simple fact that there is a large number of people in the world who do not believe in God. Atheism and agnosticism would not exist were humanity given an innate sense and ability to know that there is a God. To say that all people have such an awareness requires the assumption that atheists have such an awareness and simply choose to ignore it. There is simply no logic or rationality to such a claim. Simply ‘having faith’ is not reason to rationally believe in God. There must be a source from which such faith is transpired, and this source must be analyzed to confirm its validity. Often times, the source of faith is a parent’s testimony. Although further investigation past the belief of a parent should take place, believing something based off of a parent’s teachings is not
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necessarily irrational. Instead, following the testimony of a parent can be seen as having evidence or argument to believe in God, and therefore provides a basis to rationally believe in God. Thus, having a basis of faith such as ‘a God-given awareness’ is irrational; instead, one needs a rational argument, even if it is as minimal as believing the testimony of a parent. With laws, morality, and life altering decisions at stake, people cannot push aside the weight of their beliefs. Missionaries are willing to live in extreme poverty and even risk their lives to share their religion. Muslim women are willing to live the strict, confining lifestyle required to follow their religions laws. Politicians and world leaders use their religion-based morality to create laws and regulate society. The extraordinary power that religion holds is dire
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  • Spring '15
  • Matt Deaton
  • Logic, Faith, Kelly James Clark

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