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Faith No MoreWhy People Reject Religion$
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Phil Zuckerman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199740017

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740017.001.0001

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Stopped Making Sense

Stopped Making Sense

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(p.33) 2 Stopped Making Sense
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Faith No More
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Phil Zuckerman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740017.003.0003

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

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