Belief Essay

1104 Words Mar 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Whether one believes in God or not, a person must have a reason for his or her belief. There must be a rationale, in some form, that supports the belief or thought process which the individual has. For example, philosopher John Searle does not believe in God, arguing there is not enough available evidence about how the world works to justify such a belief.
He does not believe in the supernatural either, but holds that there is, among intellectuals of the world today who have become so secularized, a sense where the existence of God or the supernatural would not matter as much as it would have a century ago. He presents a logic as to why he does not

Plato, on the other hand, presents his reasoning for believing in God and/or
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While such a logic points only to the person making the decision regarding their faith, surely that is all that is required in the larger context of whether one believes in God or not. Whether another person finds the reasoning behind the first person's beliefs to be irrational is not the issue. Whether God exists or does not exist is not the issue. The question to be considered is what one In Socrates' dialogue with
Euthyphro he shows the young man that it is difficult to infer what the gods think about justice, for careful attention to tradition reveals that the gods quarrel bitterly about the just, the noble and the good. Then he argues that these quarrels raise the question of which of the different and conflicting things that the gods hold dear is truly just, and thereby he seeks to show that the question of justice is more fundamental than that of what the gods hold dear. The ultimate outcome brought forth by Socrates is the fact that Euthyphro cannot presume to know plainly the will of the gods. This argument can then be applied to the issue of whether one's belief in God is based on faith or reason. The point being more to the fact that belief, for any individual, as said before, is based on his or her own reasoning. It cannot be codified or institutionalized but must be what it is. To return to modern philosopher John Searle, as he tells in a recent interview of a dinner party he attended where Bertrand Russell was the guest

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