Christianity is an “unreasonable and unsupported belief”. The very tenets of Christianity provide the evidence for that statement. Faith is the foundation of Christianity. The definition of faith, relevant to this discussion, taken from Webster: “(1)firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust.” If one had supporting evidence for their beliefs, they wouldn’t need faith, and if they have faith, they are likely to dismiss evidence that is contrary to their perspective, such as every other religion on Earth.
To put it in other words, namely, the words of Stephen F. Roberts:
I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours
So yes, Christianity is unreasonable. If I were to go back in time and change events such that there were no Christians in the modern world, and then were to show someone a Bible, they would dismiss it out of hand. Why? Because it is, quite frankly, ludicrous to anyone without either an existing reason to believe it to be the truth, or someone with a potent reason for wanting to believe in a comforting but extremely implausible set of beliefs. The only thing that keeps Christianity, or, for that matter, any other modern religion going, is the centuries of momentum and millions of devout followers willing to go around converting the people around them, quite often their children who lack the intellectual capacity to make spiritual decisions for themselves at the age at which they are indoctrinated.
This last practice, one that I was subjected to myself, is one that I have deep intellectual concerns with.
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