Monday, January 30, 2006

Reasons to (dis)Believe offers a collection of people's beliefs and justifications. Not surprisingly, there are more atheists citing their rationale than theists. But there's "nothing new under the sun" — the arguments are all pretty standard. I do find it interesting that the top atheistic argument (by frequency, as of this posting) is "All beliefs in the 'supernatural' are human-created mythologies" — a very subtle ad hominem (or, more properly, a genetic fallacy). Attacking the origin of a belief does not prove its negation; a belief may be true in spite of an unsound argument. We should be careful to keep untangled the support for and truthfulness of a claim.

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