Horrible Argument

From Clifford Williams’ Existential Reasons for Belief in God.

Argument for believing in God:

1. We need _______.  [This list could include, according to Williams: cosmic security, beyond the grave assurances, heaven, goodness, a larger life, to be loved, meaning, to be forgiven, to love, awe, delight in goodness, to be present, justice and fairness.]

2. Faith in God satisfies these needs.

3. Therefore, we are justified in having faith in God.

Did I miss something?

This is like saying, “We need to feel good.  Greasy fast food makes us feel good.  Therefore, we are justified in eating greasy fast food.”

Say what?

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  1. Sylvia
    Aug 04, 2011

    I agree with your wonderful analogy Elissa.

  2. Elissa
    Aug 05, 2011

    Yeah, I’m not knocking the faith…just the reasoning on this one. 🙂

  3. worthy
    Aug 09, 2011

    Although, greasy fast food makes me feel SICK!

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