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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Psychology of Atheism

One of the most jarring accusations by atheists is that believers are suffering from some kind of delusion. Believers, they suggest, are merely looking for a comfortable father-figure. However NYU psychology professor Paul Vitz has a rather fascinating rebuttal to these accusations, entitled "The Psychology of Atheism."

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Part 2


It occurs to me that because we are subject to our parents when we are young and helpless, for good or ill, our relationship with them affects how we relate to God. Early abuse leads one to expect those with power to abuse it. I find it telling that children are born expecting their parents to be infallible. One might posit that it is an early breaking of this trust that leads to a lack of faith in God.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Samuel Skinner
That is nice, but I wasn't abused... and I was never a part of any religion. So I sort of don't fit. You're going to need to find a new theory (broaden the old one at least).

PraiseDivineMercy said...

The theory is not meant to be applied to every atheist, and certainly not those who are raised atheist. However, I believe it does explain many atheists, especially the angry hard atheists like Dawkins.
The argument to a great extent is a rebuttal to those atheists who claim a psychological cause for belief in God.

Anonymous said...

Smauel Skinner
Dawkins isn't angry... and umm hard? You mean strong right? He isn't a strong atheist.

Think about it this way- there is a psychological reason people are patriots and there is a psychological reason people are theists. The second is less flattering, but it doesn't change the fact that is an idea isn't supported by evidence, you need external motives.

Anonymous said...

People have Psychological and logical reasons for being atheists and theists, However when the atheists runs out of logical reasons against God they pull the psychological cause adhominem, This video shows Christians can play the same Game and play it better, so atheists should wise up and realize assigning psychological causes to others philosophical beliefs are adhomonem by defintion and stick to logical reasons for and against any God, Or well start quoting data that shows atheism is a crutch for the weak, and crying this doesnt fit me or my hero dawkins is a laim reply

PraiseDivineMercy said...

Sorry I never got back to commenting on this:

1st anonymous:
"Hard atheist" is a common term for strong atheist. Look it up if you don't believe me.

2nd anonymous: Thanks, this was exactly my thought.

Lastly, if the two of you would like to have a debate here, I ask that you sign names at the end of your posts to avoid massive confusion.

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