Stupidity and circular arguments
How easily I forget how I dislike YouTube comments. Perhaps it’s a case of SIWOTI syndrome, but one comment never remains so.
I had a little down time yesterday morning, and didn’t feel like writing anything serious so took the time to read some articles online and watch some videos, including a couple by TFT regular ASkegg. His videos are always well put together and generally interesting and thought provoking (even if I don’t always agree) – well worth checking out. One of his recent ones is a defence of calling Christians stupid:
I made the comment that his definition of faith is a strawman (I have dealt with this particular strawman before) and was soon reminded of the aforementioned dislike of YouTube comments, and regretted that I had forgotten my shunning of such.
It’s a horrible commenting system. It’s confusing and difficult to find comments when notified that a reply has been made, and that is reason enough. But I was also frustrated by the repetition and unthinking of some of the commentors. One particular circular argument was repeated sevral times to me, sometimes by the same person! If I were to paraphrase it, it would go something like this:
Me: That’s a strawman. Christian faith is trust based on reason, experience and evidence.
Commenter: No, that can’t be because faith is belief not based on evidence.
Me: That’s a circular argument, as you’re just using the premise being criticised.
Commenter: No, it’s not circular, because faith is belief not based on evidence.
Anyhow, enough frustrations. I did have another question for the video, which got lost in the circular fray:
I fail to see how Andrew is not special pleading when he says that Christianity is stupid and makes people stupid, but that his wife is a Christian, but not stupid. Surely if trusting in and following Christ is stupid, and makes people stupid, then anyone who trusts in and follows Christ is, logically, stupid or being made stupid?
In any case, I don’t think Christianity is stupid, or makes people stupid, and I certainly don’t think Mrs Skegg or anyone else is stupid if they happen to trust and follow Christ.