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  1. I don’t think that’s really true.

    When we buy something, based on the advertising, we are acting as if the advertising claims are true, but we don’t know them to be true. But this isn’t pretending. It is more like testing.

    Something similar could be said about a reduction ad absurdum. Again, we are testing, not pretending.

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    1. It may be testing when there is some measure of probability in favor of an advertisement being true, based on the fact that many of them actually prove to be true, however, in my view, this is different with regard to faith in God. We cannot know that there is any measure of probability for a faith claim. The only thing one can be compelled to do is act as if it is true without knowledge. Faith is thought to be valuable or good from the onset without any way to distinguish that belief from myth. The only way one can know whether faith was a good test is to essentially die and find out. This is why lacking any knowledge or probability in its favor and acting as if faith in God is reliable, in my opinion, looks more like pretending than testing. What are your thoughts?

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    1. You make an interesting point, Neil, and I’m not sure if my original phrase, “is usually understood as pretending” seems clear enough to avoid that distinction? I was hoping that the word “usually” helped to make the point that there may be some exceptions to the rule. I agree that responding to an ad without knowing that it is reliable is like testing or even taking a gamble, but since there would be some measure of probability in its favor, as opposed to responding in faith to God without evidence, I’m hoping that my original point seems clear and valid. Thanks for challenging my point.

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