Immanuel Can wrote: ↑Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:08 pm
Veritas Aequitas wrote: ↑Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:33 am
[death anxiety]and should consult a psychiatrist.
- Death anxiety is anxiety caused by thoughts of death. ...
Wait, wait, wait...
That "death anxiety" exists
, and that some people have it
does not go one step toward proving either that a) it's why all Theists believe what they do, or b) that it's why, contrary to all he said, it's why Anthony Flew became a Deist.
Your argument is so bad it's the logical equivalent of saying, "Since cancer exists, everybody has it." Or it's like saying, "Since males exist, every human is a male."
That's about the weakest argument a person could possibly ever invent.
Really, you can't possibly expect that
It is stated "ALL humans has cancer cells in their body."
Also, ALL humans had dangerous and non-dangerous bacteria and viruses in their body
Thus any human has the potential to suffer from cancer or various diseases when their immunity is weaken due to various reasons.
Is this a weak argument?
Note in the above case, I was not specifically referring the "death anxiety" at the conscious level as the cause of for the majority of theists to cling to a good to soothe those anxieties.
My point with reference to the majority of theists is that the 'existential crisis' [triggered by the death anxiety] from the subconscious mind [subliminal] that manifest and exudes indirect untraceable anxieties and Angst.
For example, many people act in some situations without knowing the real reason why they are doing the act. The root cause can be subliminal as in subliminal advertising where a person think he is consciously making a decision to by a can of coke instead of pepsi while not being aware, that decision was affected by subliminal messages from advertising done be Coca-Cola.
In the animal world there are animals whose actions are controlled by zombie-parasites.
Note zombied-ants who "naturally" climbed up to the utmost tip of grasses in danger of being eaten by cows. The ants actions are actually controlled by parasites in their brain to enable the parasite to complete its life cycle.
Humans' actions are also controlled by certain parasites.
Note the case of hydrophobia as controlled by the rabies virus. The person do not know why he has a sudden fear of water. Thus the person is zombied to fear water by a virus.
There are many of such event in humans.
The case of theism and theist is also similar to a zombied situation.
The subliminal existential crisis created a neural algorithm that is culiminated in desperate subliminal existential pains not felt consciously but exudes indirectly as Angst which force the theist to cling
to a God as a security blanket.
The test of this security blanket is the degree of how desperate the average theists will cling to the security blanket.
Whenever there is a threat of that security blanket, normally a defense mechanism
is triggered to defend it.
- A defense mechanism is an unconscious psychological mechanism that reduces anxiety arising from unacceptable or potentially harmful stimuli.
Such a defense mechanism will do whatever is necessary to secure the 'security blanket' e.g. in your case, giving all sort of flimsy arguments based on faith and not reasoned out.
Note the accusation of [a]theist as bigots, racists, hate-speech, enforcement of blasphemy laws, controlling of free-speech, etc.
In the extreme the triggered defense mechanism will drive theists to kill those who are perceived as a threat to their security blanket.