Good Reasons for Believing in God
In 2007, Dan Dennett spoke at the AAI conference about the difference of believing in God and declaring the belief.
He starts his talk with the following:
Long, long ago most people really did believe in God. Some people still do. I talk about the basic, primitive phenomenon of belief, like the belief that Mount Everest exists.
Just straight, ordinary, everyday, uncomplicated, belief in a proposition. Now, you can believe that Mount Everest exists and not know a lot about Mount Everest.
However, when presented with four pictures of mountains, I doubt that you’ll recognize the right picture.
But that doesn’t disqualify you from believing the proposition that Mount Everest exists in the first place.