Borrowing again from a Finding Truth discussion, I thought this comment (by “portal001,” aka Ryan) was rather provocative. How would you answer?
I think these are valuable questions whether or not a person holds theist or atheist beliefs.
- If everyone else you knew turned away and stopped believing what you believed, would you still believe?
- Furthermore, if some of these same people treated you differently, harshly, and excluded you because of your convictions, would you still believe?
I think a person’s answer says something of why they believe.
In other words, is your belief based on social support and/or group reinforcement? Is your belief strong enough to withstand rejection?
I would go further and ask:
- Do you base your belief on what other people say or on your own reading and research?
- Is your belief centered in your “gut” or is it merely a convenience?