Stopped Making Sense

Phil Zuckerman

in Faith No More

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199740017
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918690 | DOI:
Stopped Making Sense

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For many apostates, a key ingredient in their rejection of religion is that it just stops making sense. It is no longer believable. I call it “acquired incredulity syndrome.” This chapter allows various apostates from numerous traditions and walks of life to explain what it was, specifically, about their religion that stopped making sense. For some, it is teachings that contradict science. For others, it has to do with their moral sense—God doing things that run counter to their understanding of what it means to be benevolent and loving. The theoretical question is raised: why do certain aspects of their religion suddenly stop making sense?

Keywords: apostasy; incredulity; immorality

Chapter.  2576 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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