This argument occurred to me last night and it isn’t well fleshed out — it’s merely a skeleton of an idea. It is a reason why religion doesn’t make sense which I have never heard — though, no doubt, someone has come up with this idea or something very similar.
So, this is where you come in. Since this idea is not completely formed, I’d like some criticism or additions to the idea to make it more understandable and sensible. Or, reassurance that it already makes sense 🙂
So here it is:
I’ve often heard the same response from a believer, when someone says, “Isn’t it a coincidence that most people believe in the same God as their parents?” The response: “You don’t realize that a lot of people actually change their religions as they come to understand the world better.”
Ok, leaving aside the questionable reference to “a lot of people,” this statement still seems to actually be evidence against God, not for God.
Why? Because if there were an absolutely correct religion, why would finding that religion be up to the capricious nature of humans?
There are many much less important things in the world that are not left to capricious thinking. We all know that humans normally have two arms. We all know that eating certain things can kill us. There is no wiggle room on these mundane things. If someone isn’t born with two arms we consider that a genetic or developmental error. If someone thinks that eating cyanide is healthy, that is a judgement error.
Yet, if someone changes their mind from believing that Christianity is the one true religion to believing that Hinduism is the one true religion — or, more importantly vice versa, which thereby nullifies the possibility of either change being correct — it is not considered an error.
Again, I’m not sure if this is a fully formed argument or if I’m just restating an argument made by someone else in different words. Any criticism appreciated 🙂
- Why Religion Makes NO Sense To Me (new.exchristian.net)
- Rethinking Religion: A Concise Introduction (circularsectionalsofa.wordpress.com)
- On religion…. (rainmacam.wordpress.com)
- Religion? (mysongknowwhatyoudidinthedark.wordpress.com)