Saturday, August 4, 2012

6 Reasons to Believe in God - My Conclusion

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Lately, I've been deconstructing a webpage that describes six reasons to believe in God. I first saw it as an ad, and decided to look into it.

My prior posts are:
Let's have some final words on this trainwreck of a proselytism webpage.

By the way, I saw this at the bottom: "As a former atheist, Marilyn Adamson found it difficult..." Let's just pretend that I've been calling the author "she/her" instead of "he/him" this whole time, shall we? I assumed the author was male because of the ad picture, and probably a bit of privilege.

To summarize, these were the six reasons to believe in God:
  1. Argument from Ignorance, Argument from Ignorance, Argument from Ignorance, Argument from Ignorance
  2. Argument from Ignorance
  3. Argument from Ignorance
  4. Argument from Analogy, with a dash of Argument from Ignorance
  5. Argument from Personal Experience/Testimony, Argument from Telepathy (telling me what I feel/think deep down)
  6. Non-Sequitur, Undemonstrated claims, doesn't even fit into the category as a reason to believe in God
Final Grade: F-

I was hoping that the author would have something new to bring to the table. Instead, I got terribly executed previously-refuted-a-thousand-times dusty cobwebbed arguments. It's typical of apologists, really.

I'll tell you what I think really happened.

The author was an irrational atheist, converted to Christianity for bad reasons, and then wanted to convince others to join her. She knew that her personal experience would be insufficient to convince anyone else, so she scoured the intertubes for apologetics, and grabbed the first five or six arguments that sounded good. Without a good understanding of the arguments, and without having spent a second on researching the refutations of those arguments, she simply compiled a list and stuck it online. She has no concept of the idea of a logical fallacy, let alone being familiar with the different types, let alone how to participate in the activity known as "critical thinking". 

I can only hope that she hasn't damaged the minds of too many people in the process.

It's taken me a month to sift through this mountain of error. Hopefully, this case study will help someone else.

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