[lit-ideas] Re: Reason and Politics

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2006 19:50:36 -0500

EY: Nearly half of Americans are not sure God exists.

PS: The scary thing is that MORE THAN HALF of Americans ARE sure that God exists.

EY: Maybe half of them don't exist? Or only half-believe it?

PS: And now ... a little animal song ...

EY: Fortunately those Americans who are sure that God exists are not at all sure that God exists all at the same time.

We may need a metric of believer proficiency. Over 85 percent of believing Americans, according to the poll, were swayed by one of two fallacious arguments. The argument from grand strategy asserts: (a) Most of the world's population do not accept Christianity. (b) This is just what Satan intended. (c) Therefore God exists. The other component of this one-two punch of religious rhetoric is the argument by emotional blackmail:(a) God loves you, you worthless scumbag. (b) How could you--even someone as petty and worthless as you--be so heartless not to believe in God? (c) Therefore God exists.

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