Saturday, August 16, 2008

Point of Inquiry: Guy P. Harrison 50 Reasons People Give For Believing In A God

Guy P. Harrison - 50 Reasons People Give For Believing In A God
Point of Inquiry

Guy P. Harrison is a graduate of the University of South Florida with degrees in history and anthropology. He currently lives in the Cayman Islands, where he is a columnist and travel writer for a national newspaper. He has won several international awards for his writing and photography.

In this conversation with D.J. Grothe, Guy P. Harrison talks about his new book 50 Reasons People Give For Believing In A God, and details such reasons for god-belief as the obviousness of God, "playing it safe," the fear of hell, that belief in gods brings genuine happiness and comforts, and the fact that so many people are religious. He explores similarities between the reasons people give for their belief in Western gods and Eastern gods, and also similarities between the reasons people give for belief in gods and in the paranormal. He calls for a wider understanding of religion in general as an important first step in inculcating skepticism about religion. He argues that the reasons people proffer are often very different than the reasons theologians argue that people should believe. And he offers advice for what he thinks is the best approach for engaging believers on these matters of belief.

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2 comments:

Susannity said...

Just went to see if this book was available at my local library and found this title:
"Reasons we believe : 50 lines of evidence that confirm the Christian faith" by Nathan Busenitz
doh!

Thivai Abhor said...

What was the first line of evidence ;)