It's not always rational to deny god's existence
would you be open to the idea that it's not always rational to deny God's existence?
How about the grieving Christian mother whose kids just died in a car accident? If you were her friend, would you initiate conversation with her about how irrational belief in God is? Or would you judge it more rational to let her believe what she needs to believe? Would you want a Christian to start proclaiming the gospel to you after your own kids just died in a car wreck? I guess it's not always time to disprove God, is it?
Are you prepared to agree that religion might be a naturalistic evolutionary construct?
When you sleep, you dream. Dreams are the very antithesis of reality, but they are still necessary to maintaining good health when you are awake. Going without sleep and dreaming only hurts your conscious capcity to reason effectively, right?
Some people cannot handle cold hard reality, and honestly need their religion to have happiness, such as people who have endured great trauma, or old people.
Sometimes I sing gospel tunes at assisted living and convalescent homes on Sundays. I lie to them all and tell them I am a Christian, and I have a bible and good memory to support that lie. I can talk more like a Christian than some Christians. I make many elderly and sick people happy, as the gospel tunes are opportunities to talk about other stuff, usually about them. Their problem is not theism, but lonliness. Sometimes lying is a higher moral to follow than blasting everybody and everything with cold hard reality 24 hours a day.
In my opinion, it is not rational to deny God's existence when you are dealing with theists who are near hopelessness. The fact that something is reality, doesn't necessarily mean it's good to foist it on everybody all the time.
All the good times I caused for those old folks would be missed had I said I'm actually an atheist. They would irrationally worry that I was on my way to hell, and probably take more time trying to save me from hell, than in happily relating stories about their earlier life.
My lie helps cure their loneliness, so I become a Christian for a few hours on certain Sunday's, and the benefits of this lie in this context greatly outweigh the problems that would start if I was honest with these feeble people about what I really believe. They can feel the Holy Spirit moving through my singing and fellowship if they think I'm a Christian, and they wouldn't enjoy themselves at all if they knew the truth.
So would you agree that indulging somebody's delusions is sometimes the more rational thing to do?
Faith does not have the power to move mountains. However, it does have the power to make you think a mountain has moved.