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Does lack of a good father figure promote atheism?

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Atheist, Atheism, Symbol, Icon, Generic, Disbelief From Wintery Knight

Here’s a lecture by New York University professor Paul Vitz to explain a connection between atheism and fatherlessness:

Wintery Knight also suggests an article by Paul Copan which points out how father presence/absence and father quality affects belief and disbelief in God:

Seventh, the attempt to psychologize believers applies more readily to the hardened atheist.It is interesting that while atheists and skeptics often psychoanalyze the religious believer, they regularly fail to psychoanalyze their ownrejection of God. Why are believers subject to such scrutiny and not atheists? Remember another feature of Freud’s psychoanalysis — namely, an underlying resentment that desires to kill the father figure.

Why presume atheism is the rational, psychologically sound, and default position while theism is somehow psychologically deficient? More.

Image result for vector graphic coffee public domain Recently, evolutionary psychologists have expressed an interest in studying atheism. If atheists think that evo psych is anything other than flapdoodle squared, they should take the findings about themelves seriously.

We fear this stuff is only just the beginning for the atheists, who have now attracted academic attention…

Hat tip: Ken Francis

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5 Replies to “Does lack of a good father figure promote atheism?

  1. 1
    AnimatedDust says:

    His definition of ad hominem in the first two minutes is wrong. Doesn’t portend well for the next hour. 🙁

  2. 2
    Mung says:

    Lack of good thinking promotes atheism.

  3. 3
    anthropic says:

    AD 1 “His definition of ad hominem in the first two minutes is wrong. Doesn’t portend well for the next hour.”

    Your quibble seems designed to avoid the argument. Sad.

  4. 4
    Seversky says:

    It sounds very much like Vitz is simply utilizing his knowledge of psychology to support his Christian faith and attack atheism That’s not science that’s proselytization.

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    #4

    Pot. Kettle.

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