Specifically, what do you, who are Atheists, believe about why Theists are theists? For example, I hear quite often and see just as often statements like “you only believe in God/your God because of your parents/upbringing/where you were born. Break free!” Sure I suppose some, maybe even many religious adherents believe for the sole reason of life circumstances, but that certainly isn’t all or most — and it’s especially not the case for me.
As an Atheist who may have leveled this accusation in the past, what do you think it proves? In other words, ‘You only believe because of your upbringing, therefore ______.’ Can you fill in the blank?
I agree that it’s a good idea that you hold your core convictions based on the fruits of some investigation, but a conviction is true or false no matter the reason you came to believe it. It would only be the case that while the conviction is true, it wouldn’t be considered knowledge in the philosophical sense (justified true belief).
So, since the origin of a particular conviction is irrelevant to whether it’s true, why does this complaint still persist? Isn’t this accusation valid if applied to a person raised in an Atheist home? It doesn’t seem to have any value other than it’s rhetorical effect.