My theory is that many, if not most, of these deeply pious individuals are incapable of considering contrarian evidence objectively because to do so would put their faith in danger.
I think this is ABSOLUTELY the situation for many of them, Nic.
At this time though, I just don't think its possible to conclude that there isn't a God.
Agreed, NRfG. Some believe in little green men, or garden gnomes, or demons in hell. But it should be upon those who DO BELIEVE in such things to prove it. Instead of wishing those who can't find the evidence for it to prove the negative [which is impossible isn't it?].
Sometimes I am a bit jealous of the certainty some people of faith have. But I am reminded that I have a level of mental freedom that I can live my life how I choose, rather than following the directions of a man/organization/book. To me, that's important.
I have felt that, at times, Para. But mostly, no. Freedom of rational thought is so crucial to the success of mankind, that my worries for those who believe in the unprovable, and perhaps foolish ideas that encompass what we call 'faith', is that they are both wasting their lives, and potentially, due to focus on unreal things instead of reality, they might be shortchanging mankind. [Sorry, that was a run-on sentence, eh?] For who knows what mind might hold great invention and great art and great philosophy? How many of those minds are held captive to delusion, thereby depriving mankind due to failure too explore their minds due to such influences?
Jeff [just my 2 shekels]