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Does It Matter Whether Religious Belief Is Based Upon Rational Argument

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Does It Matter Whether Religious Belief Is Based Upon Rational Argument? The obtaining of information is an inseparable part of human life, and therefore in what ever one may do; one will always collect information. To be of any value, the information collected has to be reliable, and one does not seem to doubt the reliability of evidence because they believe it to be logical, unless they are a sceptic. Some say that religion is something we cannot prove because we acknowledge religion through our feelings, mainly our feeling of trust, or of wonder and awe - sensing that there must be a high being or creator. Religious belief is to have an immense faith, but religious faith is dependant on the fact that we must exist but existence is alone, it does not depend on anything. ...read more.

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A problem arises when this person is asked to show some hard evidence in their belief. They simply cannot; they cannot prove in any way that God had spoken to them, and therefore to the questioner this person could be completely absurd. And if it cannot to proven, it cannot be rational and a whole nation cannot hold a faith on one or two person's alones claims. Then again, imagine that this person was you, and you genuinely believed that God had came to you, and told you what religion to follow but of course you could never prove to any one else that you are not lying, or a fool. To you, no matter how much you were argued against your feelings and opinions wouldn't changed because it is your personal experience, therefore surely you would never need a rational argument to prove your religious belief as it is an impossibility to acquire one. ...read more.

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It's not that one would say atheists are evil or immoral. But if morals are merely adaptive or maladaptive, they cannot be either good or evil, right or wrong -- just better towards preserving the species of humans. It depends upon the individual who have a revealed religious faith to determine one's morals; an atheist or sceptic would also have individual determination of morals and code of living. So, it would seem to be that atheists and sceptics have as valid a claim to morals as does someone with faith. This shows that with or without religious faith most people would all be in agreement with having for example morals and a code of living, they have come to the same conclusions in very different ways. Therefore in this case surely if it makes the world tilt towards being a better place then having a religious faith may not need to back backed up by a proven rational argument. ...read more.

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