Faith in search of understanding
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|Title:||Faith in search of understanding||Authors:||Casey, Gerard||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5412||Date:||Jun-2003||Abstract:||From the age of about fourteen my religious faith was marked by increasing intensity, a common enough teenage experience. At the same time, however, I was coming to have doubts, doubts that I found difficult to express since I didn’t possess the requisite vocabulary or ideas, nor did I have those around me with whom I could discuss such matters. When I was sixteen I discovered Bertrand Russell’s Why I’m not a Christian. On reading this book all the inchoate questions I had suddenly became clear. Russell’s book acted like sulphuric acid on the grounds of my faith; I found that they could not stand up to rational criticism so I abandoned my faith and, for the next 14 years or so, I was a convinced atheist—an atheist, note, not an agnostic for I subscribed to the principle that if there was no evidence for a belief system then that constituted evidence for its negation.||Type of material:||Book Chapter||Publisher:||The Liffey Press||Copyright (published version):||2003 the author||Keywords:||Religion; Philosophy; Catholic Church; Scepticism||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Not peer reviewed||Is part of:||Stephen J. Costello (eds.). Credo: Faith and Philosophy in Contemporary Ireland|
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