One of the excellent Psychology Today’s collections is called “Do You Believe?”
The theory of cognitive dissonance shows that it would be as hard for someone to abandon faith and admit it’s irrational as it would be for someone else to trow rationality out of the window and start believing. Why It’s Hard To Stop Believing In Santa Claus. “It’s uncomfortable to express something you don’t believe, or perhaps don’t want to believe” concludes Joshua Gowin in “Why It’s Hard To Stop Believing In Santa Claus“.
Gad Saad argues that “a belief that would otherwise be considered a sign of mental illness is perfectly ‘logical’ when it applies to one’s religion”. (Religious Beliefs: Divine Revelations or Mental Disorder?)
“One can hide or misrepresent one’s real beliefs, but one cannot change those beliefs on command” says David Niose in “Disbelief Is Not a Choice“.
Other posts from the collection explore the effects of doubt, ponder if faith is a choice or try to make peace between science and religion.
I want to believe that we all have freedom of choice, that most of us are sitting somewhere between science and religion (even if we would never admit it or are too close to one to see the other), and, even if we have doubts sometimes, most of us believe in something.
I hope you enjoy the series as much as I did and that it inspires you to dig deeper.