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A response to "Dear Believer, Why Do You Believe" part 2 of 2
by Greg Reeves
Last time, I began a critique of the popular YouTube clip titled, "Dear Believer, Why Do You Believe". The thing to keep in mind is that the main premise of this video is that no religious person has adequate reasons to believe. If this premise were true, then the objections raised in this video actually hold some weight. However, in that case, the objections would essentially be moot: if no religious person has good reasons for their belief, what is the point of raising more objections.
But instead, religious folk, and Christians in particular, have many reasons to believe! If you follow my blog, you'll find some of those reasons.
As for the rest of my critique of the video, I have identified six common objections to religion in general, and Christianity in particular, and I offered a response to the first three last time. Here I will go through the three remaining objections raised in this video.
The problem for the atheist who espouses the views in this video is there are not only many adequate reasons to believe in a god in general, and the Christian God in particular, but these reasons are also immensely compelling. But even if they were only moderately compelling, the existence of such reasons would totally dismantle this video. In a way, the narrator is underhandedly delivering a stinging insult to religious people worldwide, saying they live in the dark ages.
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Objection 4: “Religions are just crutches to help us feel better.”
I wonder if religions aren’t just ancient constructs, in an attempt to explain unexplained phenomenon. Though irrational in content, they are not irrational in their emergence. But we no longer live in the dark; science is ablaze in our world, we no longer live in the cave! We no longer require comforting stories that make us feel safe, comforted or valued. Isn’t it time our faith matches our discoveries? Our ideas our new perspective? Greater awe in reality rather than in fantasy?
This has many problems, first and foremost that atheists may hold their lack of belief in any gods also as a crutch. If there is no cosmic being, then who am I held accountable to for my immoral actions? No one. OK, not every atheist feels this way, but certainly some do. In the same vein, not every Christian feels like God is a crutch. Sometimes, I wish God's influence on my life would just go away so I could be autonomous. I mean, who doesn't like the idea of being their own master? Who wants to submit to someone in higher authority than themselves? On the other hand, again, if there are reasons to believe in God, then crutch or not, it is something to consider…
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