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Justification of Religious Belief

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Is belief in a god justified because it’s the only freely available antidote to the natural ocean of [Darwinian] suffering?

What do you mean by “justified”? If you mean “psychologically intelligible”, maybe so. However, nothing can be intellectually justified simply because it is comforting. And it has to be belief in a certain kind of god. The Incas believed in a vengeful god that resented the life of his creation. I’ve read somewhere that an Inca, after some famous victory, contemplated suicide as this was an opportune moment to return his life to the one who gave it. I can’t remember the rationale behind all this. A priori, there’s no reason why the god who actually exists isn’t of this sort (and maybe even a posteriori, given the state of the world).

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