Originally posted by genius
now - i feel that i am quite a logical and well-educated person. i went to a good school (in the top 10 in scotland) and am studying maths and computer science at a good univeristy. so, why do you think i have faith?
Are you asking because you have yet to formulate an opinion based on self-realisation, or because you are curious what others might think the reasons?
Assuming it is the second, I shall happily lay out my views on this, though you may not like them, I do not intend to cause offence by stating them.
I believe there are several possibilities for a person to have belief in the supernatural, or specifically in this case, god:
1)That the person has been habitualised through his early development by exposure to religious doctrine and as such has taken on beliefs to fit into his social/parental/cultural/educational environment.
2)That the person has yet to truly examine his own self intensely and judge his own reasons for a belief, being is it is a popular stance when brought up in a majority Christian environment.
3)That the person does not have the mental capacity to fully understand either the implications of his belief, or the case opposing such belief.
4)It is not entirely impossible that there is a genetic link to the potential for supernatural belief and as such, (for whatever reason it may be present) it may be predetermined that the person in question will find religion attractive. Which religion he/she may choose is another matter. I remain impartial to this awaiting further evidence, but do not dismiss the posibility.
5)That ther person has gone too long being unchallenged in his belief to ever allow it to falter, lest he risk a collapse of his ego and the factors which govern his persona.
6)That the person is in moral, emotional, social need and finds some of what religion offers to be a support in his life. Because religion has given them this support, they are unlikely to bite the hand that feeds them and as such will defend their position vehemently.
7)The person has not studied the processes of reasoning which might offer an alternative view.
Or any combination of two or more of the above points. There is, I suppose, also the possibility of a mental instability as well, but for the moment I will leave this aside.
I think it highly unlikely that a person chooses religion actively, with a clear, unbiased mind, no outside influence, after a comprehensive period of self-analysis and under their own speed. I would be interested to hear your reasons and whether you fill any of the criteria above.