Is There a God? Make up Your Own Mind with This App
Traditional etiquette states that you should never discuss religion, politics or money in polite conversation. This might help you avoid conflict, but it also stops you hearing alternative points of view. If you’re the open-minded and curious type, it’s good to hear both sides of an issue — especially one as persistent and thorny as ‘does God exist?’.
The Reason For God
In Timothy Keller’s The Reason For God, he argues that as humans we have the desire for a higher being and a higher meaning in our lives, and where there is a desire, something usually exists to fulfill it. For example, hunger is a desire that is fulfilled by eating food. Without food to fulfill the desire, hunger makes no sense. For Keller, this same rationale can be applied to the existence of God. People desire a God that can provide meaning and purpose, so it follows that a God exists that can fulfill this wish. Otherwise, what is the point of this desire at all?
Outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins takes a diametrically opposed view in Outgrowing God. Rather than seeing a trait such as a desire for meaning as being indicative of the existence of a God, Dawkins sees it as a by-product of human evolution.
Effectively detecting patterns is an evolutionary advantage that enabled our distant ancestors to avoid being eaten by predators. Unfortunately, being hardwired to detect patterns means we often misinterpret information and incorrectly attribute meaning to things that are meaningless. This is the mechanism by which superstitions are formed, and according to Dawkins it can be used to explain the origin of religion and a belief in God.
Make Up Your Own Mind
Both Keller and Dawkins have managed to nudge this millennia-old debate into new territory. If you’re still unsure which camp to pitch your tent in, then they might be able to help you make your mind up. After exploring these, dive deeper with our collections, featuring a wider range of books on these topics.
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