Why Humans Want To Believe

A listener recently reached out to me with a question regarding why belief in a deity seems to be a “default position” that most people take. Some apologists use this as an argument for the truthfulness of their belief. They posit that people are born “knowing God” or at least “knowing an afterlife” or “wanting something more.” They use this as evidence for belief in theism being the default position. For starters, this is attempting to touch on a common fallacy built upon the idea that “because a lot of people think this way, it’s more likely to be true.”
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David Smalley’s Southern California Tour

All those in the Southern California area, get ready to have David Smalley infect your area with the 4th! He’s visiting a local church in Los Angeles for a Q & A w/ the pastor, broadcasting a live radio show from Riverside (the first ever show from California), and doing a few screenings of My Week in Atheism with a Q & A, as well as giving a talk on Loving Your Enemy in San Diego! David will be joined at every event on the tour by Ryan Bell from A Year Without God The tour kicks off Thursday, May
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Top 10 Reasons I’m Atheist

1.    If we truly had one creator speaking to prophets, it would do so consistently, not contradictory as thousands of different religions have proven. 2.    Living by the means of man helping man, and realizing time on earth is not a practice run, creates an urgency of life that requires fulfilling. 3.     I asked my four-year-old daughter where the stars came from. She confidently said “The moon made them.” I followed by asking “Then where did the moon come from?” She strongly asserted “Daddy, the moon is the boss. Nobody made the moon.” This is an unmistakably familiar mindset; and
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Comfort in God

The Dogma Debate staff gets a ton of emails from listeners and readers struggling with the psychology of letting go of their belief. When they analyze it, they no longer believe it, but still, they can’t let go. They find comfort in God, they say. They fear hell. They want to know someone is watching over them, and have no idea how they can go through life without that support. We respond to these messages in many different ways, because different answers work for different people. But the following is a contribution from 4th Listener Chad Trick, known on twitter
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Dogma Debate vs The Thinking Atheist

Hey 4th Listeners! Camp Quest is an amazing opportunity for so many kids to have that camp experience, with the excitement of science. The problem is, so many kids want to go, but not all can make it happen. That’s where we come in. Help David Smalley, Matt Dillahunty, & Aron Ra beat Seth Andrews for Camp Quest! This year, I’ve teamed up with Matt Dillahunty and Aron Ra, and we’re in a race against Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist in a Texas vs. Oklahoma battle to raise money for kids. Help me raise $5,000 for Camp Quest Texas
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