Re: Self-deception, faith, and scepticism

From: Bill Hamilton <>
Date: Tue Feb 14 2006 - 12:39:11 EST

--- Iain Strachan <> wrote:

> I wonder if the urge to have "proof of God" that Intelligent Design seems to
> offer, is to do with our desire not to indulge in self-deception - concrete
> proof of God would allow us to be honest and say there's no element of
> self-deception. The certainty that ID promises is attractive, because we
> instinctively think self-deception is a bad thing. But maybe it's not such
> a bad thing. As Larkin and Monty Python both show us, in order to cope
> without religion, we still have to indulge in self-deception. Perhaps if an
> atheist told you that your religion is self-deception, a response might be
> "Oh yes? And what form of self-deception do you use as your coping
> mechanism?"
I think the danger of ID and creationism is that they seek objective proof of
God when God wants to build a personal relationship with us. Hebrews 11 applies.

Bill Hamilton
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