Sunday, May 20, 2012


8 comments:

CyberKitten said...

Even if it does make people happy - which I doubt - it's not really much of an excuse.

dbackdad said...

Yeah, that is one of the rationalizations for religion that irritates me the most. Just because something "may" be comforting (greatly debatable), it doesn't make it any more true.

wunelle said...

Excellent quote. Yeah, it's like saying "I believe in Jebus because a world without Jebus is depressing." As if that's an argument for truth and not an admission of an infantile rationality.

dbackdad said...

Yes, need should never define truth.

Sadie Lou said...

What if Christians don't really say "Religion makes people happy". This guy made it up.

Sadie Lou said...

I started up a new blog :)

dbackdad said...

I don't think he said that all Christians say that "religion makes people happy". But there have been countless Christians that will use that very statement to justify the existence of religion. The point is that whether it makes people happy or not, that cannot be used as a reason for religion or a proof of God. Many things make people happy.

I don't believe you would (or have) used that justification and that would probably be why his statement bothers you.

Sadie Lou said...

You're right. The statement really bothers me. It's not biblical. Jesus says that following Him costs us a lot. He promises trials and suffering. That doesn't sound like "happiness". You'll find the word "joy" but not "happy".
There's a big difference. The Christians that *would* say that religion makes you "happy" are peddling a cheap, inaccurate version of God's word. So it makes me sad that statements like this make an argument out of it...