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I have heard many times from fundies trying to reconvert me statements to the effect of "wouldn't you rather believe that you'll live forever in eternal bliss, wouldn't you rather believe that there is a god who loves you" etc. etc. For some reason it is ineffective to ask whether they would rather believe in Santa Claus (wouldn't it be great if it were true that some guy brings you free stuff if you've been good all year? wouldn't you rather believe that?). It is very difficult to convince them that it makes (at least it should make) absolutely no difference what I want to believe: belief is a matter of the intellect, not a matter of the will.

I can't choose to believe something when I have overwhelming evidence that it is not true. Nor can I choose not to believe something when I have too much evidence that it is true.

Unfortunately, too many people seem to think that belief is a matter of the will, that you can choose to believe or not believe something. Or, they are unable to process evidence logically. [an error occurred while processing this directive]