The Defenseless Theist

Alan is a male, has blue eyes and believes in God. None of these are properties for which he is particularly responsible. That is, he was born a blue-eyed male and he is a theist because his parents were and raised him to be one. We lack free will with regard to our beliefs. They are developed in response to our upbringing & our experiences. Is Alan, the believer, required to defend his religion? How so? Alan is no philosopher. He couldn’t possibly produce an argument for the existence of God. So Alan is not required to defend his religion. Rather he just lives it. Theologians talk about the “hiddenness” of God, by which they mean the lack of His obvious presence in the midst of events such as the Holocaust, plagues or other natural disasters. Theists certainly wish that God would defend religion by making his presence less “hidden”.



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