Faith in search of understanding

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Title: Faith in search of understanding
Authors: Casey, Gerard
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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: ReligionPhilosophyCatholic ChurchScepticism
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Stephen J. Costello (eds.). Credo: Faith and Philosophy in Contemporary Ireland
Appears in Collections:Philosophy Research Collection

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