Losing Your Religion: Analytic Thinking Can Undermine Belief: Scientific American

Interesting series of experiments. I expect there is also some additional nuance in that analytic thinking may change and deepen the nature of belief, not just undermining it.

I expect this is similar in many areas, we may have automatic beliefs in a number of areas, for any number of reasons (‘fast thinking’). When we slow down and reflect, we may challenge or modify or enrich those beliefs.

Concluding quote:

…. raising a provocative question implicit in the findings: “Obviously, there are millions of very smart and generally rational people who believe in God,” he (Joshua Greene) says. “Obviously, this study doesn’t prove the nonexistence of God. But it poses a challenge to believers: If God exists, and if believing in God is perfectly rational, then why does increasing rational thinking tend to decrease belief in God?”

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One thought on “Losing Your Religion: Analytic Thinking Can Undermine Belief: Scientific American

  1. This is something I would completely agree with. I lost my faith when I came to university. I think this is because university encourages you to think about new things, to challenge existing beliefs, to debate ideas, to presume nothing.

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