by Greg Krehbiel on 9 October 2013
He says that his studies have shown him how powerful faith can be in people’s lives. This has led him to re-evaluate his own faith.
The skeptic in me gives the logical reply. “That faith has a good influence on people does not mean that the subject of faith is true.”
Yes, that’s so. My inner skeptic usually knows what he’s talking about. But let’s be fair. People’s reasons for rejecting faith (“there are so many hypocrites,” “what about the heathen in Africa?,” “how could a loving God allow __ to happen?”) aren’t logical either.
Just yesterday I was listening to a “The Partially Examined Life” podcast on Jung. One of the themes was also about how faith (or at least ritual, or symbol) can make a very important difference in a person’s life. Jung seemed to believe that an attempt to explain the world in “purely rational” terms results in various neuroses and other problems.
I’m not sure that any of us have a good idea why we believe or disbelieve things. I suspect that a lot of it is pre-conscious, and our conscious “reasons” are mostly post hoc gibberish.
-- 2013-10-09 » Greg Krehbiel