Answering the “Your a Christian because you’re parents are” Objection

Is Christianity A Fallacious Legacy?

April 15, 2013

Today, we’re offering a brief lesson on an atheistic argument that’s quite common: The argument that a Christian believes in God only because his or her parents believe(d) in God. Does this argument have any value in favor of atheism?

While this argument may have some truth to it–after all, many Christians grew up with one or more Christian parents– it does absolutely nothing to disprove the existence of God, and so effectively does nothing to fault a Christians belief in God.

Many atheists will often say something like “You/others only believe there’s a God because your parents believed”.

This commits the Genetic Fallacy of saying that because you’ve shown how a belief originated, you’ve shown the belief to be false. Now you may be spot-on correct about the origination of the belief, but you haven’t shown the belief to be false.

via Is Christianity A Fallacious Legacy? | A Ground Floor View.