50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God

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For the widely circulated e-mail, see 50 reasons to believe in God.
Book cover.

50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God is a book by Guy P. Harrison.

Outline

The following list comes from the table of contents:

  1. My god is obvious.
  2. Almost everybody on Earth is religious.
  3. Faith is a good thing.
  4. Archaeological discoveries prove that my god exists.
  5. Only my god can make me feel significant.
  6. Atheism is just another religion.
  7. Evolution is bad.
  8. Our world is too beautiful to be an accident.
  9. My god created the universe.
  10. Believing in my god makes me happy.
  11. Better safe than sorry.
  12. A sacred book proves my god is real.
  13. Divine justice proves my god is real.
  14. My god answers prayers.
  15. I would rather worship my god than the devil.
  16. My god heals sick people.
  17. Anything is better than being an atheist.
  18. My god made the human body.
  19. My god sacrificed his only son for me.
  20. Atheists are jerks who think they know everything.
  21. I don't lose anything by believing in my god.
  22. I didn't come from a monkey.
  23. I don't want to go to hell.
  24. I feel my god when I pray.
  25. I need my god to protect me.
  26. I want eternal life.
  27. Without my god we would have no sense of right and wrong.
  28. My god makes me feel like I am part of something bigger than myself.
  29. My religion makes more sense than all the others.
  30. My god changes lives.
  31. Intelligent design proves my god is real.
  32. Millions of people can't be wrong about my religion.
  33. Miracles prove my god is real.
  34. Religion is beautiful.
  35. Some very smart people believe in my god.
  36. Ancient prophecies prove my god exists.
  37. No one has ever disproved the existence of my god.
  38. People have gone to heaven and returned.
  39. Religion brings people together.
  40. My god inspires people.
  41. Science can't explain everything.
  42. Society would fall apart without religion.
  43. My religion is so old, it must be true.
  44. Someone I trust told me that my god is real.
  45. Atheism is a negative and empty philosophy.
  46. Believing in a god doesn't hurt anyone.
  47. The earth is perfectly tuned to support life.
  48. Believing is natural so my god must be real.
  49. The end is near.
  50. I am afraid of not believing.


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Terminology   Etymology of the word atheist · Weak atheism · Strong atheism · Agnosticism · Atheist vs. agnostic · Tenets and dogma
Contemporary literature   The End of Faith · The God Delusion · God: The Failed Hypothesis · Letter to a Christian Nation · God Is Not Great · Irreligion · 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God
Classic literature   Why I Am Not a Christian
Atheist and secular groups   Atheist groups · Secular charities · How American Non-Atheists view Atheists
Contemporary authors   Richard Dawkins · Daniel Dennett · A. C. Grayling · Sam Harris · Guy P. Harrison · John Allen Paulos · James Randi · Victor Stenger
Internet non-believers   Reginald Vaughn Finley · PZ Myers
Writers and philosophers   David Hume · Robert Ingersoll · Friedrich Nietzsche · Bertrand Russell · Carl Sagan
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