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Peter Boghossian (Portland State University)

May 21, 6:00pm - 5th Ave Cinema #92

Christianity is Not Great: Why Faith Fails

Abstract: There is no way around the following two facts: 1) In religious contexts, the term faith is used when one assigns a higher confidence value to a belief than is warranted by the evidence, and 2) Some people live their lives (make decisions, inform actions, etc.) based upon their faith-based beliefs. This paper fleshes out these facts and argues that defenses of faith-based thinking by Sophisticated Theologians™ and seasoned Christian apologists attempt to obfuscate fact one and rationalize fact two. It concludes by deconstructing faith and arguing for reason, rationality, authenticity, and epistemic humility.



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