In a philosophy course I once did, a Norwegian Professor, a stunning lecturer of striking appearance, maintained that no life could be authentic if it contained religious belief. He said that such a position was dishonest because it involved self-deception and complete intellectual dishonesty.
But surely, the average human has all kinds of beliefs: about themselves, about their family and friends and society, about their suburb, their state or county, their country, the world, the universe, etc, and not all of these beliefs are based upon fact or rigorous intellectual honesty. In fact many of our beliefs have no real foundation at all but are merely folklore. Should we therefore discard them all in order to lead an authentic life?
The question might well be asked could any human actually live a life that was based purely on truth, on evidence, on rational thinking. After all, we are not computers or robots. Perhaps a certain amount of self-deception is necessary for our survival! Perhaps we need to cling to our illusions before time finally erodes them all away.
Do you think it's possible to live a life free from erroneous belief and self-deception?
Is it desirable? Would you want to?