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Christianity &Rationals Thomas on 30 Dec 2009 12:54 am

Bertrand Russell on God

“Nobel Prize-winning philosopher/mathematician, Bertrand Russell, explains why he does not believe in God.”

Interviewer: Why are you not a Christian?

Russell: Because I see no evidence whatever for any of the Christian dogmas. I have examined all of the stock arguments in favor of the existence of God and none of them seem to me to be logically valid.

Interviewer: Do you think there is a practical reason for having a religious belief for many people?

Russell: Well there can’t be a practical reason to believing what isn’t true. I rule it out as impossible. Either a thing is true or it isn’t. If it is true you should believe it and if it isn’t you shouldn’t. And if you cannot find out if it is true or isn’t you should suspend judgement. It seems to me a fundamental dishonesty and a fundamental treachery to intellectual integrity to hold a belief because you think it is useful and not because you think it is true.

2 Responses to “Bertrand Russell on God”

  1. on 30 Dec 2009 at 6:20 pm 1.S said …

    Thanks for this!

  2. on 01 Jan 2010 at 5:23 am 2.Breckmin said …

    What is truly amazing is the continual ignoring of evidence. Information needs a Source, complex mechanical working systems don’t form without intelligence, and even IF-THEN programming of the Lac operon/two part control mechanism of gene regulation in E. Coli all demonstrate theistic implication when you
    don’t have a limited definition for science which stuck in the philosophy of naturalism. Clearly, the evidence for the Infinite Creator being the God of Abraham is based on other evidence once you observe that there IS “a” Creator based on scientific observation and deduction.

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