Thoughts of a former evangelical Christian

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Improbability of Disbelief

In Christianity as Tribalism: Leaving the Tribe on March 19, 2013 at 1:56 am

Many who have never been steeped in religious faith are baffled at the seeming imperviousness of faith to reason. For many, however, faith is not merely a set of ideas. It is an identity. Doubts and disbelief represent existential threats to that identity. The more deeply embedded faith is in a person’s positive sense of self, and the more negative a person’s self image is outside of his or her religious identity, the more difficult it is to escape. One reason religion is so effective is that it systematically strips away every positive sense of self one might have that is not rooted in one’s religious identity.

Some time ago, I developed a flow chart to illustrate some of the common thought processes and defense mechanisms that believers employ to maintain and preserve their faith. The flowchart below, while merely illustrative (the order is not critical) and incomplete, should be helpful in shedding some insight into the mind of a true believer.

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Improbability