Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thought for the day: Religion as statements about facts

Religion involves a series of statements about facts, which must be either true or false. If they are true, one set of conclusions will follow about the sailing of the human fleet: if they are false, quite a different set.

- C .S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p.72 (1943)
This is a useful corrective to silly “new atheist” claims that religion means belief without evidence. Of course, the religious person could be wrong, but he usually has better reasons for believing what he does than eliminative atheists have for believing that the mind or consciousness or whatever it takes does not really exist.

Don’t ask me what is doing the believing in that case. I’m here with Jesus, not with that crowd.

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