No Programmed Belief

Philosophers such as John Locke and David Hume have argued that all human knowledge comes from experience, and have in consequence been called empiricists. According to empiricists, anyone who has thoughts about God or any other spiritual being, must have acquired such through some empirical experience. It seems to me however that most people who are religious are such because of how they were raised. If you are a Muslim, Christian, Jew or a Mormon, it is most likely because you were brought up in that sort of home. Others, called rationalists, have claimed that humans have some sort of innate ideas about God. I assume they think that because there is little evidence that the ideas of the divine arise from human sensory experience. But few of us are rationalists on this issue. Most of those who have religious beliefs do so because that is how they were raised.



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