Here's what I put in the last post.
think you have reasons to believe in God. But actually, you only
believe it because you can't stand the idea of going out of existence
when you die. You don't have reasons, just rationalizations."
In other words, this response is addressed to a believer who thinks he has reasons for being a theist.
I am perfectly willing to point out that there are POSSIBLE
non-rational motives working in both directions. But to think that we
know that actual motives of other people assumes powers of mindreading
that I am afraid we all lack.
Walter said: It's also quite
annoying when we skeptics are told that the only reason we refuse to
believe is because we love our sin and autonomy too much to bend the
knee and submit to Jesus as our master.
Of course it is. It is
also annoying when skeptics assert that they couldn't have psychological
motives undergirding their beliefs.
I'm skeptical wrote: Please
tell me about this empirical evidence regarding wish fulfillment. I
always thought the atheist based his beliefs on evidence.
we all think the evidence is on our side. We all at least try to believe
based on evidence. How well we do it is precisely what's at issue. I
don't know if he was thinking this, but sometimes atheists really talk
as if atheistic naturalism is so emotionally repulsive that only
evidence could persuade anyone that it is true. That strikes me as
extremely naive. If you'll buy that, I've got some oceanfront property
in Arizona, from my front porch you can see the sea.