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Religious Studies

Knowledge, faith and belief

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In an examination you may be asked:

Question
What do religious people mean when they say that they believe in God?

A weak answer to this question will probably be something like:

Religious people say that they believe in God because it makes them feel better to think that there is a God looking after them. They also do it so that they can go to church and meet other people like themselves and this makes them feel happy.

An answer like this is not going to get very many marks in an examination.

A much better answer might say:

When people say they believe in God they are talking about spiritual truth. They have faith that God exists and looks after them according to the teaching of their religion. These people cannot know that God exists in the way that a scientist knows that if you heat water eventually it will boil. This belief might be based on one of the arguments for the existence of God. In particular it might depend on the experience of God which the individual believer feels that they have had.

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