October 10, 2012

Logic Lessons: Conclusion and Resources

So many logical fallacies, so little time...

In this series, I gave particular emphasis to some of the most frequent logical fallacies that I have encountered from atheists and leftists. There are quite a few, and some are even being "invented", but they are variations on a theme and fit into broader categories. I don't believe that there's a need to learn each and every fallacy by name.

By the way, I suggest caution instead of tactlessly naming someone's logical fallacy during a friendly discussion. Especially when discussing Immanuel Kant while shooting a game of billiards at a biker bar. You'll probably look pretentious. But if someone is being a condescending jerk, go for it. Not at the biker bar, though.

Yes, this happens!
Like the guy who cries, "Libel!"
while committing (documented) libel himself.

Some fallacies are the monstrous illegitimate offspring of other fallacies. That is, they can be blended and compounded. There have been times when I have been hit with two or three fallacies in one paragraph, and have even been subjected to two or three in just one sentence.

We can learn basic principles of clear thinking. There have been times when I have heard or read something that bothered me. I knew it was wrong, but was unable to easily identify a particular fallacy; I just knew that it was, perhaps, an attempted diversion from the topic at hand.

Many people are blatant with insults, such as this gem posted at "The Question Evolution Project" page on Facebook: "Tough guy! lol take some classes and educate yourself so you dont sound like a complete fool to people who know what they are talking about.....you know your scientific illiterate audience thats how you get away with this nonsense....shame! Here is free course from Duke University. Take advantage of it...." Ironic that someone pretends to be the intellectual superior of the hundreds of people who "like" that page, and then has such ridiculous personal attacks and other logical fallacies, plus punctuation problems.

Some are more skilled. This one is not great, but it's subtle: "I find the Hindu creation myth more plausible than the Genesis one." That remark was intended to provoke emotion. Appealing to emotions, pride and so forth can be used as ad hominems, straw man and red herrings at the same time. That is, people can get others angry and off-topic. Some people just want to waste your time, and when they play games like that, we can either call them back to the topic or cease discussion with them entirely.

Again, everyone does not need to be an expert in every logical fallacy (The "Fallacy of Irrelevant Thesis" is related to the Straw Man fallacy. So what? In either case, we do not need to defend a position that we do not hold, or to be distracted on a subject that appears to be related.) We do need to be aware of distractions and attacks, and to be on guard for people attempting to manipulate our emotions. (Or when people just get manipulative in the first place.) Elections seem to be won and lost more on feelings than on issues. In the remaining weeks before the American voters decide on a new leader, people need to be on guard against manipulation and appeals to emotion.

The same thing happens when having biblical discussions with atheists, cultists and the like. Watch for personal attacks, distractions, appeals to motive, attempts to manipulate and distract and so on.

This series was presented with a twofold approach: First, as a means of self-defense. You should be able to know by now when you're being played. Second, to help give people some resources to think more clearly and to make more rational arguments themselves. Reading up on these things and writing the articles has helped me a great deal, and I detest being caught making fallacies in my own arguments. But I'm getting better! I hope you are, too.

The articles have supporting links as well as examples, but you may want to keep these resources handy:

October 6, 2012

Are Atheists the Intelligent Ones?

Stolen with permission from Kirk Hastings
This kind of thing is laughably fallacious. Every once in a while, someone will hit me with the claim that they are smarter than Christians simply because they choose to disbelieve that God exists and what the Bible says about them (Psalm 14.1, Proverbs 1.7, Romans 1.18-22). They are ignorant (willingly or otherwise) of the fact that some of the greatest intellects of all time have been Bible-believing Christians. Further, I have had some giggles by eviscerating fallacious remarks by someone claiming to be smarter than us st00pid dumb Xtians. My feeling is that people make this kind of claim simply to bolster their fragile egos and to gain some self-worth, which should come from a relationship with the Creator of the universe.

By the way, it is ridiculous to worship the intellect, as if that was the sole measure of someone's worth!

October 2, 2012

American Christian Persecution - Again

So far, 2012 has been a bad year for atheists and evolutionists. But you wouldn't know it, the way atheopaths are attacking anything Christian and trying to destroy it. (It's been tried for centuries, so we're not going away until we're all called home.) But loud misotheists and evolutionists still resort to childish stalking, tantrums, persecution and all sorts of other nonsense. With the assistance of political correctness and leftist activist judges, they have managed to make the public at large detest them even more.

But it is not always bleak.

Christians have preached in decadent New Orleans for quite a long time. But the police there tried to put a stop to their exercise of free speech and freedom of religion. The ordinance was blocked by a federal judge (there are a few with some sense), pending the outcome of a hearing.

The atheo-fascist activist "Freedom from Religion Foundation" wants to strip away the rights of students in the Kountze Independent School District. The students put up banners at game time. The students did it. But no, that's not permitted. The Liberty Institute took up the challenge, and won a restraining order. It may change, but it's a start. Using children in their anti-God hate agenda is beneath contempt.
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.
(Psalm 14:1, NASB)

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction
(Proverbs 1:7, ESV)

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known of God is revealed in them, for God revealed it to them. For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse. Because, knowing God, they didn’t glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools...
(Romans 1:18-22, WEB)

September 27, 2012

More Steps Toward a Police State

Edited 9-28-2012

Hatetheists will naturally laugh at the title and this article (even to the point of disagreeing with me for its own sake). Some people are too young, uninformed and/or looking for excuses to hate to be aware of what has happened in the not-too-distant past. Totalitarianism is not normally something that happens quickly. The erosion of liberties takes place gradually, and when tyrants rule, cowed people wonder what happened.

One advantage of having free speech is the ability to sound the alarm. While we still can.

The nonsense of politically correct speech is increasing. It is an excuse to stifle free speech. I was watching some comedy shows on some of those increasingly popular rerun channels. There were jokes in them that were innocuous for their time, and would be harmless today. But they could not be done on modern TV shows because professional racists like Al Unsharpton would be organizing protests in front of the network's headquarters. People live in fear. Part of the problem is judicial activism, where common sense is thrown out the window and astonishingly bad rulings take place (such as ruling in favor of petty, tyrannical, contemptible atheopaths, for instance). The tiny minority bullies the majority. And they are not even being harmed in any way, but cry that they are being discriminated against. Atheists are such bigots.

Comedian Brad Stine pointed out that people will use the "I'm offended!" line as leverage to shut people up. OK... He said, "Know what offends me? Offended people!" Ha!

Here's something that is jaw-droppingly stupid. The ACLU sued (and won!) to get Father-Daughter and Mother-Son activites banned in Rhode Island. What, are you nuts? One lone crybaby ruins things for everyone else. And it wasn't laughed out of the courtroom? Wow.

B. Hussein Obama made rhetoric about not tolerating the slander of Mohammed. Sure, that closet Mohammedan is only giving minimal lip service to standing up for Christianity, but his actions and other words tell another story. Yes, we mustn't offend the people who execute rape victims, blow up buildings, beat women, behead people who disagree with them — that wouldn't be proper.

How about France? I really don't know what happened to that country. Great artists, scientists, theologians and other good folks came from there. Eventually, they turned into money-grubbing, untrustworthy socialists and went downhill, I suppose. Rampant political correctness and coddling has actually led to the government officially (brace yourselves) ban the use of the words "father" and "mother" in official documents! It's part of the plan to legalize homosexual "marriage". Agonizing, all these efforts to redefine marriage and destroy the family unit. Marriage has always been a man and a woman, and it has worked that way for millennia. Now it has to be changed for a tiny minority.

The common thread I see here is that sensibilities and reason are being sacrificed to cater to hatred of God and his Word. Think about it. Until the thought police put a stop to that, too.

September 22, 2012

Killing the Evolution Werewolf

Evolution can be likened to a werewolf. It is unnatural, has no right to exist, destroys lives, perpetuates its own curse and should be put down.
"How can you say that, Cowboy Bob? Evolution is a scientific fact!"

Nope. Despite the rantings of Darwin's undereducated cheerleaders and fundamentalist stormtroopers, evolution is not a "fact", and it is not "science". Sure, we are subjected to tendentious interpretations of facts shoved through evolutionary presuppositions and told, "Here is proof!", but actual examinations of the facts do not support it. Also, evolution is a belief system about the past using scientific methods; this is historical science, not observational science, and the two should not be equivocated. The philosophies of evolutionism have been applied to economics and governments, making it into a disastrous religion.

Although proponents of evolution claim to have reason on their side, logic is the silver bullet that kills the unnatural beast of evolution (even though it won't lay down properly). Further, science and reason support biblical creation! Click here to read "The Silver Bullet that Killed Evolution".

September 20, 2012

What If Christians Acted Like Muslims?

Mohammedans attacked American embassies, killing an ambassador and other members of the diplomatic corps. (Note to B. Hussein Obama, "corps" in this context is pronounced "core".) Of course, it was sheer coincidence that coordinated attacks on American embassies happened on September 11, yes? Sure it was. And of course, they were perfectly right in rioting and killing people because they were "offended" by an amateur film that insulted Mohammed, never mind that the people they killed had nothing to do with the film. Some countries believe in freedom of speech (except the United States, where Mohammedans are being coddled more and more, on our way to Sharia law).

Christians put up with a great deal of ridicule and outright hatred.

What if we did not actually follow the teachings of the Bible?

Washington, DC — The so-called "Reason Rally" had about one hundred nervous people in attendance because of threats by Christian radicals. Being his usual profane self, P.Z. Myers rattled off some epithets about the awfulness of "religion" and hurried away. Richard Dawkins was rumored to be sequestered instead of taking any risks after the death threats made against him because of his anti-Christian books and silly remarks. The Smithsonian's most blatantly evolutionary exhibits are on lockdown, and security has been quadrupled throughout.

Madison, WI — Headquarters of the Freedom From Religion Foundation are still smoldering today after being almost completely obliterated by a bomb blast two days ago. Police suspect the American Family Association. Dan Barker of the FFRF is quoted as saying, "Thank God I wasn't there — oops! Don't quote me on that!"

Halesowen and Sutton, England — Several insignificant alcoholic atheists were found dead with computer keyboards embedded in bodily orifices. Scotland Yard suspect the Church of England, who took credit for the bombing of a pub in Milton Keynes frequented by atheists.

Charlotte, NC — David Silverman of American Atheists was found embedded in a billboard that his organization sponsored for the purpose of ridiculing the religious beliefs of presidential candidates. Police suspect Christian group Voice of the Martyrs.

Egypt — Coptic Christians continue to rampage, with no end of the violence in sight.

Mohammedan groups such as CAIR have issued statements condemning the actions of militant Christians, and decried the lack of action on the part of "moderate" Christians to put a stop to the actions of the radical groups.

Fortunately for the world, the "events" listed above cannot happen. We do believe the Bible. Unfortunately, some believe it more than others, and many do not have much more than a token "spirituality". God changes lives, and that is why we are not engaging in violent activities as a whole.

Some atheists have complained that they are the ones getting discrimination, as are members of the "religion of peace". That is not only a lie, it is laughable. Christians receive discrimination, persecution and discrimination all over the world from atheists and Mohammedans (the only thing those two have in common is their hatred of Christians). These acts have been documented elsewhere on this Weblog.

The Lord does not delay His promise,
as some understand delay,
but is patient with you,
not wanting any to perish
but all to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3.9, HCSB

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