is a blog entry at Stanford’s ‘Philosophy Talk’ about their Oct 22 show with Philip Clayton on ‘Believing in God’.
Commenter David Chilstrom revives the old saw that it takes as much faith to disbelieve than to believe – completely missing the point that not to believe in something is not the same as to believe in its negation.
Commenter Jody asserts that “Belief in a God is between God and oneself. Belief in a religion requires suspension of all doubts and questions that challange a religion’s writings and belief systems.” I agree.
In fact, personally, I suspect that if any God exists it cannot be described in words and that any attempt to do so amounts to blasphemy. This is particularly true of those scriptures which claim to be the word of god (ie all of them?). So if God and Devil exist then all religions are the work of the latter. But if a God does exist, perhaps it seeks to protect us from evil by inserting truth among lies and perhaps one of the truths of the Judaeo-Christian bible is the proscription against taking the name of the lord in vain which should be interpreted as condemning the very document which proclaims it.