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Sam Harris responds to Andrew Sullivan here, where he deals with "the question of whether a given religious doctrine-like the doctrine of the Resurrection-is true (or likely to be):"

As I've pointed out before, the truth or falsity of a proposition is one thing; the psychological/social effect of believing it is quite another. It seems to me that most religious people ignore this distinction. In fact, there is a powerful incentive to do so, because to focus on the plausibility of a doctrine, without being beguiled by its consolations, forces a person to confront just how dubious most religious propositions are. The long-range interest of maintaining one's faith (and reaping its consolations) generally overwhelms every present temptation to honestly evaluate whether or not a specific article of faith is likely to be true.

Harris ends his missive with a list of unanswered questions which Sullivan has either deftly sidestepped or outright ignored. I would be happy to see Sullivan--or any other believer--answer them, as they lie at the core of my own personal rejection of religion.

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