Is Christianity A Fallacious Legacy?
by Marc Gaerlan
Today, we’re offering a brief lesson on an atheistic argument that’s quite common: The argument that a Christian believes in God only because his or her parents believe(d) in God. Does this argument have any value in favor of atheism?
While this argument may have some truth to it–after all, many Christians grew up with one or more Christian parents– it does absolutely nothing to disprove the existence of God, and so effectively does nothing to fault a Christians belief in God.
Many atheists will often say something like “You/others only believe there’s a God because your parents believed”.
This commits the Genetic Fallacy of saying that because you’ve shown how a belief originated, you’ve shown the belief to be false. Now you may be spot-on correct about the origination of the belief, but you haven’t shown the belief to be false.
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Every belief has an object of that belief. The belief, and the object of the belief are two separate subjects.
Now you may show that the origination of the belief to be weak or faulty, but you’ve done absolutely nothing to disprove the object of the belief. And if you have not disproved the object of the belief, although you may show the origination of the belief to be weak or faulty, you also have not shown the belief itself to be weak or faulty because you have not disproved the object, which in this case is God.
Your mother taught you to believe in God; therefore the belief is false…
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