Everybody Is Wrong About God by James A. Lindsay

By James A. Lindsay

A name to motion to handle people’s mental and social causes for a trust in God, instead of debate the lifestyles of God

With each argument for theism lengthy given that discredited, the result's that atheism has develop into little greater than the noises moderate humans make within the presence of unjustified non secular ideals. hence, accomplishing interminable debate with spiritual believers in regards to the lifestyles of God has develop into precisely the other way for nonbelievers to aim to house misguided—and usually dangerous—belief in the next strength. the most important, writer James Lindsay argues, is to prevent that exact dialog. He demonstrates that at any time when humans say they think in “God,” they're rather telling us that they have got convinced mental and social wishes that they don't know the best way to meet. Lindsay then offers extra efficient avenues of dialogue and motion. as soon as nonbelievers comprehend this straightforward aspect, and drop the very label of atheist, will they manage to switch the best way all of us take into consideration, discuss, and act upon the problematical proposal known as “God.”

James A. Lindsay holds levels in physics and arithmetic, with a doctorate within the latter. He has authored past books, together with Dot, Dot, Dot: Infinity Plus God Equals Folly. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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What this tells us is plain and the subject of this book: we’re talking about the whole thing the wrong way. Sure, some philosophers, mostly philosophers of religion, try to nail down what “theism” or “God” means, perhaps using classical theism to do so,6 and argue for or against it. But theism is plenty flexible to dodge all such efforts by little more than saying we fallible humans simply aren’t correctly conceptualizing a perfect deity beyond our comprehension. Predictably, the utterly pointless discussion goes on and on.

Philosophical terms should be jettisoned, then, and we should address “God” in terms of what it actually seems to do for people. 12 It is vastly more accurate to view “God” as what we might call an attributional framework, a set of connected ideas and assumptions employed to attempt to make sense of the world. Thus we see God as a mythological extension of something that is, in a way, real. People use their “God” attributional frameworks to meet or ignore certain psychosocial needs. 13 Forensic psychiatrist J.

If we start to acknowledge and act upon this fact by going properly post-God, we can expect the resulting social pressure will push our cultures in the right direction. Again, the issue of racism makes a poignant example. When racism was decisively beaten as an idea, in the United States probably by the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, social pressure took over, aided greatly by satirists who deftly helped people realize that the idea is, indeed, laughably bad and inappropriate. Something similar is already starting where it comes to theism with more and more satire arising around lampooning the ridiculousness of religious beliefs.

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