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Academics in theology departments generally agree that there are fewer religious people today than fifty years ago. There are two primary critiques of that view, however. First, the conclusion depends on a definition that is highly subject to debate. If “religion” is defined as a strongly held conviction about the purpose of the world, for instance, the academics may be incorrect. On the other hand, the conclusion would be justified if "religion" is defined as a belief in a supernatural god. Second, the academics base their conclusion almost exclusively on data collected from the western hemisphere.

Which of the following, if assumed, strengthens the conclusion of the academics?

A) The definition of "religion" was as highly subject to debate fifty years ago as it is today

B) The conclusion applied only to the western hemisphere

C) Academics often draw conclusions based on evidence based almost exclusively on data from the western hemisphere

D) Most people believe "religion" should be defined as a belief in a supernatural god

E) Fewer people believe in a supernatural god today than fifty years ago

Don't understand how B is the answer. I thought B weakens.
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The argument says Second, the academics base their conclusion almost exclusively on data collected from the western hemisphere.

If we get support that this study is only based for western hemisphere and not for the whole globe, then the argument is surely strengthened.
Data is collected from the western hemisphere and if the conclusion drawn is for the whole globe, then surely the conclusion is wrong. If the conclusion is for the western hemisphere only, then the conclusion stands strong.

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Um... I'm kind of lost as well. What's the source?

I mean, the preface is "Academics in theology departments generally agree that there are fewer religious people today than fifty years ago" in specifically broad terms.
The OA is basically admitting that "there may not be fewer religious people overall IF we add the Eastern continent to the mix". Isn't this potentially the exact opposite of the conclusion = there are fewer religious people [in general]?

I think it should be something like:

[ Academics in theology departments generally agree that in some parts of the world there are fewer religious people today than fifty years ago. There are two primary critiques of that view, however. First, the conclusion depends on a definition that is highly subject to debate. If “religion” is defined as a strongly held conviction about the purpose of the world, for instance, the academics may be incorrect. On the other hand, the conclusion would be justified if "religion" is defined as a belief in a supernatural god. Second, the academics base their conclusion almost exclusively on data collected from the western hemisphere. ]

Just my two cents. :)
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hi,

how come option B ?

If we assume that , data is from western hemisphere then we are supporting critique. Our job is to support Acamedics and not the critique of Acamedics..

Please suggest if my reasoning is incorrect.

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first of all, test takers should read the question stem because the question wants a strengthener for the conclusion of the academic. In other words, the right answer should support the conclusion that there are fewer religions today than 50 years ago.

boiled to to B and D.
D is incorrect because how or what most of people define "religion" has nothing to do with the definition set up by the academics.
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What about the first part of the premise? Even if the conclusion is based entirely on Western Hemisphere, it still leaves the definition of religion unaddressed, no?
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I do not understand, why this question is one of 150 hardest questions?
The source of this question is not clear, and this question looks weird.
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Hi,

I think the answer should be E and not B. As " Fewer people believe in a supernatural god today than fifty years ago" , it reconciles with the critique point of view as well..

Can someone please let me know, how it is B?

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Stating that fewer people believe in god today is just restating the conclusion. It does not make you beleive more in it.

The author clearly states that the critics to to the academics view have two points to contradict what academics believe.

If you can prove that out of those two points any one point is baseless, you can strengthen the academics view.

Now look at option B.

Clearly option B undermines the second reason of the critics. The whole evaluation of theology by academics is based on western hemisphere itself. So the second point that critics mention fails in itself.

Hope this helps.

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Stating that fewer people believe in god today is just restating the conclusion. It does not make you beleive more in it.

The author clearly states that the critics to to the academics view have two points to contradict what academics believe.

If you can prove that out of those two points any one point is baseless, you can strengthen the academics view.

Now look at option B.

Clearly option B undermines the second reason of the critics. The whole evaluation of theology by academics is based on western hemisphere itself. So the second point that critics mention fails in itself.

Hope this helps.

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I have still the doubt for option E.

In option E, it says that fewer people believe in supernatural god.

Now as per the "first" point made by author it says if it is about supernatural god the conclusion stays put.

Now how can we neglect option E.

Also the option B kind of look a restatement of second point " the academics base their conclusion exclusively on western culture"

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