Refuting a distorted or misrepresented version of someone’s logical argument is usually much easier than responding to that person’s actual argument. And considering that we live in a culture which places such importance upon convenience, it is not surprising that this logical fallacy, known as a straw man fallacy, is so prevalent in atheist argumentation. A post from SoftSchools.com notes that the straw man fallacy is:
“A fallacy is an… Read More
An atheist commenter to the Godevidence.com Facebook page writes,
“It is an absolute fact that if you had been born in an Islamic country you would almost certainly be a Muslim; if born in India you would be a Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist depending on the region and your culture; and so on. It’s all down to happenstance.”
According to this commenter, then, belief systems such as Christianity should be… Read More
“Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?”
…quipped comedian Groucho Marx. Humor can be achieved with an equivocation, which is the use of two different meanings of a term, as if they were the same. In Marx’s joke, the second usage of the term institution is a reference to a mental institution.
But using different meanings of the same term, as if they were… Read More
“Believing in God is like believing in the Easter Bunny, fairies, goblins, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster!”
Such claims are extremely abundant on the internet, and in books by atheist science popularizers such as Richard Dawkins. But to be an effective critical thinker, one must learn to quickly spot logical fallacies, such as the two glaring fallacies which claims such as the above commit.
When a person compares belief in… Read More
“I would remind you to notice where the claim of consensus is invoked. Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough. Nobody says the consensus of scientists agrees that E=mc2. Nobody says the consensus is that the sun is 93 million miles away. It would never occur to anyone to speak that way.”
So many scientists believe that life is the result… Read More
Contrary to popular belief, Christians crucial to science are almost too many to number. Indeed, it is fair to say that the majority of the key branches of science were founded by devout Christians.
According to statistics compiled in 100 Years of Nobel Prizes, published in 2003, between 1901 and 2000, a total of 654 Nobel Laureates belonged to 28 different religions. Most (65.4%) have identified Christianity in its various… Read More