50 reasons people give for believing in a god

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50 reasons people give for believing in a god
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Author Guy P. Harrison
Country United States
Language English
Subject Religion
Publisher Prometheus Books
Publication date
Media type paperback,
Pages 354
ISBN 978-1-59102-567-2

50 reasons people give for believing in a god is a 2008 book by journalist Guy P. Harrison. It was his first book. The book examines fifty common reasons that believers across the world give for believing in a god. It draws on his conversations with people while traveling both for business and pleasure in 20 years as a journalist. Harrison notes that very few people are interested in the complex arguments that go on between theologians and atheists. The people he has talked with say they believe because that is what their parents taught them, and their parents wouldn't lie to them, or because that is what it says in their book of wisdom. Of the 50 reasons, Harrison concludes that the most common reasons people believe are because it is just obvious to them, because everyone is religious so it must be true, or because it brings them happiness.[1] Harrison takes a calm and empathetic attitude towards people who believe, in contrast to some other atheist works.[2] He describes Richard Dawkins' use of the term "faith heads" to describe believers as "a lot like an insult" and writes that it is "counterproductive."[3]


  1. ^ Point of Inquiry August 1, 2008 Guy P. Harrison - 50 Reasons People Give For Believing In A God Retrieved August 15, 2017
  2. ^ Patheos.com June 20, 2008 Book Review: 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God by Guy P. Harrison Retrieved August 27, 2015
  3. ^ Harrison, Guy P. (2008). 50 reasons people give for believing in a god. Prometheus Books. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-59102-567-2.

External links

  • Prometheus books page

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