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Is Christianity a Delusion?

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Is Christianity a Delusion?

It is not uncommon to hear the claim--most loudly by Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion--that religious belief is a delusion. I came across a quote by Professor Keith Ward in Is Religion Dangerous?

"All that is needed to refute the claim that religious belief is a delusion is one clear example of someone who exhibits a high degree of rational ability, who functions well in the ordinary affairs of life, whose faith seems to enable them to live well and be happy, and who can produce a reasonable and coherent defense of their beliefs." (172)

Well there are lots of people who fit the bill (like Alvin Plantinga for example). But I will enter into evidence as exhibit A, Christian Philosopher J.P. Moreland, author of The God Question. In this book he shares both personal reasons from his experience and rational arguments for why it makes sense. I guess religion isn't a delusion after all.

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