Source: Asia Times
Scott A Shay’s new book explores the arguments and rational reasons to believe in God
“Why should anyone in his or her right mind believe in God?”
The idea for Scott’s new book began over lunch one day with a friend; naturally the conversation turned to faith and God. The friend commented, “We humans can figure out right from wrong for ourselves without the help of some nonexistent god or his or its imagined laws… humanity should not waste time on worshipping some made-up god.”
This struck a chord with Scott, now the author of In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism, which explores a reasonable approach to believing in one God. Scott well known among his friends to be a true believer in one God, says that people generally have three perspectives on the topic of faith.
The first perspective is one that forces God into a mythical creature, alongside Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. The second perspective sees religious belief as a useful emotional crutch, though with no real link with reality and rationality. The third perspective argues that the morality taught in the Bible is outdated for today’s technological world.
Scott’s observes how the New Atheists, such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens, seem to have won the intellectual debate against the relevance and purpose of God. He counters by offering strong arguments about believing in monotheism and why it’s actually completely rational to be a believer.