[quote="meltzerboy, post:9, topic:282721"]
But even if belief does require a leap of faith, surely it is not a blind leap of faith, but rather one that is based on reason. Moreover, lack of belief is also, in a sense, a leap of faith.
[quote="Poseidon, post:3, topic:282721"]
People believe what they're brought up to believe, and the promises of religion are very attractive. Who wouldn't want to believe that they're going to live forever in paradise?
Not necessarily: how about folks who come to faith when they're adults? And how do you explain an atheist who was brought up a Fundamentalist or a Catholic? And maybe a person believes not primarily because of paradise, but because they yearn for the perfection of God's goodness Himself, they yearn to swim in and breathe in His very majesty and excellence; maybe they despise, loathe and abhor the filth of human society, this contamination of ear, eye, soul, skin and lungs. :mad: