• Refuting: ‘How To Argue With An Atheist: Tip #2: Learn Logic’

    scott-m-sullivanLast time I responded to the first episode of Scott M. Sullivan’s YouTube series on “How To Argue With An Atheist.” His first tip was to “avoid the atheistic fundamentalist.” His second tip is just awesome:

    “Learn Logic!”


    I 100% endorse this tip. Please, please, please, let every Christian who wants to argue with an atheist learn logic! This will do my job as an atheist for me. Scott M. Sullivan is right on this one. Learn logic and critical thinking skills. That would be awesome! Really, really, awesome!

    Sullivan is correct that “logic is extremely important.”

    “It is the science of proper reason.”

    “It helps you arrive at conclusions validly.”

    “You want your mind to be trained to think correctly. It has to work right.”

    Then the Christian will be prepared to think about all the logical plot holes in the Bible and within the modern Christian system of belief. Questions like why an all-powerful deity needs a blood sacrifice from himself in order to “save” his creation from himself, start to come to mind. Or, we can use logic to think about some of the more ridiculous stories in the Bible like the virgin birth, Noah’s flood, and how God could create the entire universe from nothing but needed Adam’s rib to create a woman.

    There are some more great quotes in this video. Sullivan continues, “You’re going to learn about truth & falsity, the difference between valid & invalid arguments, and the difference between probable & demonstrative arguments.”

    “You wouldn’t get in a boxing ring, right,  without first working out with a heavy bag, practicing all your punches, skipping rope, and doing all that proper training.”

    This time around, I have to give it up to Scott M. Sullivan. Every Christian should definitely take him up on this second tip on how to argue with an atheist. Learn logic!!! When you’re done learning logic, go read your Bible and start to apply your new logic skills to the material. Go to church and start applying logic to your pastor’s sermons. That should be fun. Ask your religious leaders logical questions and see if they can come up with valid logical answers or whether or not they will just appeal to authority.

    Have fun!

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    Article by: Staks Rosch

    Staks Rosch is a writer for the Skeptic Ink Network & Huffington Post, and is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly. Currently he serves as the head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and is a stay-at-home dad.

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    1. We can only wish believers would learn logic. I’m afraid they won’t bother to learn, just as Mr. Sullivan didn’t. Instead, they believe their logic is faultless and beyond refuting as long as they reach their desired conclusion. I have had many discussions in which I had to constantly remind believers that logic doesn’t prove anything, defining premises as true doesn’t make them true, and logical fallacies are not valid reasoning.
      I like your example of the blood sacrifice. I used that against a group of missionaries who came to my house. I asked if they wanted to forgive someone if it would require torturing one of their children to death, or could they just say “I forgive you.”

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