Christianity is completely irrational and not testable
Without evidence why should I believe it?”
by Adrian Jervis
Richard Dawkins is a world famous lecturer at Oxford University and a passionate defender of the theory of evolution. He’s also a committed atheist who once wrote a letter to his 10 year old daughter called, ‘Good and Bad Reasons for Believing.’ He explains to her, ‘Next time somebody tells you something that sounds important, think to yourself: ‘Is this the kind of thing that people probably know because of evidence? Or is it the kind of thing that people only believe because of tradition, authority or revelation?’ And next time somebody tells you that something is true, why not say to them: ‘What kind of evidence is there for that?’ And if they can’t give you a good answer, I hope you’ll think very carefully before you believe a word they say.’
Dawkins thinks that unless you can prove something in a lab or give some kind of logical proof for it, then you can’t be confident about that belief. For Dawkins the only good reason to believe something is if you have this narrow and very specific kind of evidence for it. In his book A Devil’s Chaplain, Dawkins spends most of his time looking at three bad reasons for believing. These are; tradition, ‘beliefs [that] have no connection with evidence’, authority, ‘you are told to believe it by somebody important’, and revelation, ‘a feeling [religious people get] inside themselves that something must be true.’ Dawkins suggests that many people believe that Christianity is true on the basis of these three irrational beliefs (tradition, authority, revelation) rather than on any factual evidence.
So how can a thoughtful person believe in Christianity, since it’s basis is so irrational?:
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|Recommended Resources: Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics | The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths|