Wednesday, December 07, 2016

One easy logical step

One element of New Atheism that strikes me as aggressive is Dawkins' claim that religious believers who present their religious beliefs as true to their children are abusing them. Usually when people make charges of child abuse, they expect law enforcement to stop child abusers from continuing to do so, sometimes by removing the child from the home. Dawkins hasn't suggested that, but that seems an easy logical step. 

8 comments:

Mr. Green said...

Maybe he doesn't think there is enough chance for rational consensus to call in the law. Yet.

Jo F said...

"Maybe he doesn't think there is enough chance for rational consensus to call in the law. Yet."

Ah, the 'ole "Everyone in the history of time and even now is and has always been physiologically delusional except for me" kind of arrogant ignorance. I take it you find me having severe deficiencies in my cognitive faculties in implying that I am irrational--say, Mr. Green, care to substantiate that claim you seem so eager to espouse? What would you have me take that on....blind faith?

John Moore said...

Not every bad thing needs a law against it. Sorry folks, but the government can't solve all your problems for you. Child abuse is a very touchy subject, and it's hard to say when and how a child should be taken away from his or her family. Laws are very blunt and brutal instruments, and they often cause more harm than good. It's much better to get the local community involved, with school teachers and counselors and neighbors.

Sort of like the abortion issue - very touchy.

Jo F said...

Victor, you HAVE to see this. I have never witnessed such irony. Alvin Plantinga's interview on AC and proper function is the most incredible philosophical speech I've ever heard. I am positively eager to hear you response, you can see it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nDOxLh6AbQ

Joe Hinman said...

here

Joe Hinman said...

why is Plantinga talking about air conditioning, ? does he live in Dallas? Those are Dallas area broadcast people.

Jo F said...

@ Joe Hinman

I think it's part of his warrant series, you know, like warranty and proper function and reliability of his AC. I guess you won't see the irony unless you read his work on epistemology--which I recommend.

Joe Hinman said...

I have read some of it. why was it on the news?