"Faith is Pretending to Know Things You Don't Know" Just Like the Sophists in the Days of Socrates, Who Was Wise Because He Knew He Didn't Know.

I consider Peter Boghossian's stipulative definition of faith to be a sound one from all I know about how apologists defend their faith (above). I documented this in my somewhat sarcastic book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist. Check it out. It'll surely surprise most of you. Take a look at the blurbs.

The problem is faith. Faith is the mother of all cognitive biases. Faith leads believers to play the childish pretend game of religion. To have faith is to have a misplaced childish trust in non-existent deities. Faith is the entrance ticket to the fantasy-land of religion. Faith is a virus of the mind that stunts the growth of a person. It keeps people childish in their thinking.

In response, the brain of the believer will lie to its host. It will make shit up to hide the fact that its host believes in fairy tales. The host will be told lies that the overwhelming consensus of scientists is based on faith, that people need their particular parochial modern deity in order to live good moral lives, that atheism is a religion even though atheists do not believe in supernatural forces and/or beings, the list go on. Believer, you must bring your brain to heel by demanding objective evidence before concluding something, by proportioning your assent to the strength of the evidence, and by denying your brain the natural tendency to prefer wish-fulfillment over the cold hard truth. You say you really want to know the truth? Okay then. Force your brain to read this book: Christianity in the Light of Science: Critically Examining the World's Largest Religion. Check it out. It'll surely surprise most of you. Take a look at the blurbs.

Since faith is indeed pretending to know things you don't know, then faith does not deserve a whole sub-discipline known as Philosophy of Religion in our secular universities either, as I argued Unapologetic: Why Philosophy of Religion Must End. For readers not studying or teaching philosophy of religion classes, the book is a manifesto against faith itself. I argue against pretending to know things we don't know. So I'm not only calling for the end of the philosophy of religion sub-discipline, but also an end to philosophy of religion itself, at least, how it's currently being practiced by almost everyone. I think the book could revolutionize what readers think of religion. In it you'll learn how to effectively deal with faith-based claims and how to spot them. Check it out. It'll surely surprise most of you. Take a look at the blurbs.