Evaluating the truth of Christianity
I don’t think I necessarily have to win that.
I just have to win degrees of truth (i.e. a continuum). I think that’s pretty much the consensus outside of those who think religion is religion is religion without an argument. Even the arguments probably cite specific faiths rather than a range of Protestants they conveiniently forget to mention in real analysis.
As such, prioritizing “it feels good” over truth doesn’t make sense. Truth trumps pleasure or else ethics and religion don’t mean much. Also seeking truth trumps pleasure too, which is yet another way out of that conundrum you seem to be attempting to create for me.
I think its possible to look at the question in the same way you might evaluate worldviews…..
Was the Enlightenment true?
Was the Romantic era or the philosophy and ideology behind it?
I think to various extents you can say both of the above are true.
Not to contradict myself…but its possible that if someone proves that religion is more true than the alternatives (materialism, agnosticism, or atheism) that they should follow that path. In fact the mere possibility of that might open that up as an option…
So back to your original question. As we approach truth in the present–we generally have to apply. Certain truths we can only know experientially. I can only know what space exploration or scuba diving or skiing or yoga or the experience of being at a top ranked college football game is like by actually doing it. You can’t really know what religion is like without being open to faith….and by existing in a community of committed believers. Its also possible you could get perhaps a taste….by being involved with a group of something less than committed believers–but its just not the same. The difference between a committed mountain climber or committed extreme sports enthusiast and just a regular one…..is the same as the difference between someone who labels themselves as a believer and someone who actually is one. Reasoning into the future (or based on hypothesis)….versus reasoning about experience are two different activities.