A reader recently asked me this question.
I was raised Catholic and even as a child I just couldn’t believe that if there was a God who created the universe and, by extension, us, that He wouldn’t expect us to use our brain to reason and learn was was real and unreal. My major concern, I guess, is that so very many educated, intelligent, and respected people claim to believe. Why do they believe when I don’t?? What am I missing? Or perhaps, what are they missing? I’m reasonable intelligent but I just cannot reach the same conclusions as believers seem to reach.
I think this is a great question. Atheists throughout history have tried to explain religious belief by appealing to wish fulfillment, the influence of family and culture, the (alleged) irrationality or ignorance of theists, and so forth.
ETA: Fixed a typo in an earlier version that referred to a “Hyperactive,” as opposed to a “Hypersensitive,” Agency Detection Device.