Apologetics: Introduction, and Was Religion Made Up Just to Sugar-Coat the Fear of Death?

For the second post in this apologetic series, J.S. Park answers an all too common objection against religion: that it was simply created to avoid the fear of death, but first, an introduction

Awhile back, I was watching some of my favourite pastors on youtube when this vid by an atheist named Hemant Mehta appeared on the sidebar. It was called,  22 Reasons To Stop Believing in God. The objections were comical, to say the least, even from my uneducated mind on the matter, but I find other arguments I couldn’t answer for. I turned off the video and said I wasn’t going back. I realized I couldn’t defend my faith, I couldn’t answer their objections. That’s when I began searching. I read every atheistic blog post, watched the arguments and videos. Same with religion, I devoured everything I could find. Eventually, after much searching, I found the arguments held by atheists to be lacking. I still had questions, but they couldn’t provide an answer. However, what I have found has been compelling, to say the least, and right now, I proudly proclaim that my faith in Christ is well planted.

There are those like me who are searching, desperate to know if their faith is true, or if their atheism is true. So the idea of an apologetic series sprung forth. With this series, I want to share all I’ve personally learned and discovered throughout my journey, and some of my favourite videos and articles. What I hope is that I can provide a guide to aid those questioning.

So onto the argument. A common objection against religion I’ve seen is that man created it simply to avoid the fear of death. I think fellow blogger J.S. Park answers this objection beautifully here:

J.S. Park

gollywholly asked a question:

Have you ever read “The Worm at the Core” by Sheldon Solomon et al? It’s about death, and basically the theory is that everything we do and believe in is to mitigate our fear of death. It follows from that that religion, and our belief in Jesus, is just a way to mitigate our fear of death. And this is messing with my head big time. What do you think?

Hey dear friend, I’m sorry for my late reply. I’ve been on a break (due to a breakdown) but still checking my inbox, and I really love this question.

I actually studied this very phenomenon for my undergrad in Psychology, also known as “Terror management theory” or “Mortality Salience.” The basic idea is that death is inevitable, so we must give meaning to life. Therefore, religion and culture and identity are responses to death. We…

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