Assessment of the View that it is Rational to Believe that there is a God

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Assessment of the View that it is Rational to Believe that there is a God

Rational: To be rational is to think logically and within reason. To base your thoughts on evidence, and then use that evidence to come to a "rational" conclusion.

Motivation: To be motivated to do or think something, normally the motivation will be because it will benefit you in the long run.

Many philosophers use theses types of words when talking about whether or not it is rational to believe in god. Pascal for instance thinks that you should believe in God as you will gain more from it when you pass away if he does exist, i.e. going to heaven, whereas if you don't believe in God and it turns out he does in fact exists
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Kierkegaard thinks that reasons are irrelevant to religious faith and that you should believe blindingly. Kierkegaard's whole point is that this is to narrow conception of rationality; it's too limited to have anything substantial to say abut religious belief. Again an argument against this is that truth is an objective matter, my belief in God can only be said to be true if and only if there is a God. Whether or not there is a God is something that is independent of my believing or not believing that there is a God.

These philosophers have all come up with substantial and plausible arguments for why it is "rational" to believe in God, there are two philosophers that I am going to look at next who would disagree.

Flew is an atheist and believes in falsification that you do not truly believe in something unless you are willing to agree to what is false about it, that to actually believe in something you have to see what could be false about it and not believe blindingly. This clashes with what Kierkegaard thinks as he think you should believe in God blindingly. Personally I would have to agree with Flew in this situation because to believe in something you have to understand and notice what could be wrong or false about it, otherwise

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