It doesn’t matter what you believe, it matters what is true. People need to think about truth rather than just belief. I might believe that the earth is flat, but it isn’t. I might believe the sky is green, but it isn’t. I might believe you will send me a thousand dollars, but you probably won’t! We must help people distinguish between their beliefs and what is true.
— Mark Cahill, from One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven, p. 150
God and reality are what they are independently of anyone’s perceiving, understanding, appreciating, or accepting them.
— Millard Erickson, from Christian Theology, p. 55
If we desire to have religious beliefs that are true, then we must be careful about how we arrive at those religious beliefs. If we prefer to have theological reality rather than some religious placebo, we need to consider the manner in which we conduct our investigation. And the first order of business is to be clear about our starting-point and the logical progression of our inquiry. Therefore, … we must first consider what concept of God it is most reasonable for us to hold.
— Douglas Geivett, from Jesus Under Fire, by J. P. Moreland, p. 181