By Peter Boghossian
For hundreds of thousands of years, the devoted have honed proselytizing suggestions and talked humans into believing the reality of 1 holy booklet or one other. certainly, the devoted usually view changing others as a duty in their faith--and are educated from an early age to unfold their distinctive model of faith. the result's an international damaged largely through unquestioned religion. As an urgently wanted counter to this tried-and-true culture of non secular evangelism, A handbook for developing Atheists deals the first-ever advisor no longer for speaking humans into faith--but for conversing them out of it. Peter Boghossian attracts at the instruments he has built and used for greater than 20 years as a thinker and educator to educate the best way to have interaction the devoted in conversations that may aid them price cause and rationality, forged doubt on their non secular ideals, distrust their religion, abandon superstition and irrationality, and eventually include cause.
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Com/user/Thunderf00t NOTES 1. The Book of Alma is one of the books in the Book of Mormon. ” Religious belief is very often defended through the use of clever semantics. There are some important things to note about these dodges. When a person of faith is questioned over one or more specific, illogical tenets of their belief, they often respond with, “Well, of course I don’t believe that,” leaving the Street Epistemologist at a disadvantage since the believer continues to profess their unaltered faith-based belief regardless.
It cannot both be the case that Muhammad was the last prophet and someone who lived after Muhammad was also a prophet. 5. Therefore: At least one of these claims must be false (perhaps both). It is impossible to figure out which of these claims is incorrect if the tool one uses to do so is faith. As a tool, as an epistemology, as a method of reasoning, as a process for knowing the world, faith cannot adjudicate between competing claims (“Muhammad was the last prophet” versus “Joseph Smith was a prophet”).
Consequently, the faithful root many of their beliefs in the authenticity of the Bible. That faith is unreliable, or discredited, only makes faith unreliable or discredited, it does not entail that faith is not an epistemology. Part of the confusion on the part of those who don’t use faith to navigate reality is that they understand that faith is an obviously unreliable process of reasoning. Consequently, they either don’t view faith as an epistemology, or they don’t think others really use it as an epistemology.