Belief and Make-Believe: Critical Reflections On The Sources by George Albert Wells

By George Albert Wells

Why accomplish that many folks - occasionally even clever humans - swallow the preposterous claims of faith? G.A. Wells, the best freethinker of our time, attempts to make clear this puzzle in his enjoyable and tremendously discovered booklet, Belief and Make-Believe.

Professor Wells starts by means of examining the character of trust. To dispel well known confusions at the relation among phrases and strategies, he compares the pondering strategy of scientists, laymen, and chimpanzees.

The strength of emotion and intuition to aid shape people's ideological outlooks is analyzed through choice to "defiance" and "reliance", polar attitudes which come up from the necessity for dominance and submission in primate teams. Wells exhibits the effect of defiance and reliance in patriotism and in monotheistic religions, the place submission to the need of the all-powerful is an excellent approach for feeling safe within the face of life's real and ineradicable dangers.

Since the a professional Christians now settle for that the Bible is asymmetric, unreliable, and occasionally morally abhorrent, and that the hot testomony account of the foundation of Christianity is usually legend, a variety of makes an attempt were made to avoid wasting anything from the particles through selective re-interpretation. Wells evaluates numerous average examples, displaying how the apologists reduce from the transparent implications in their arguments, which might demolish the total edifice of Christian doctrine.

Finally, Professor Wells debunks the various extravagant and mystical claims which were made for the humanities, particularly poetry, as quasi-religious autos for gaining insights into the human condition.

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