Thursday, May 10, 2007

Talk about "Tools..."

I think maybe violence isn't the last refuge of the incompetent. I think maybe it's religion. Check this blog post out: a Christian unable to refute the logic of an atheist's argument about why people should get to follow their own consciences with regard to abortion replied by saying, "LOGIC IS THE TOOL OF SATAN!!!"

That's right. Logic, one of the most basic tools in the toolbox of discriminating what is true from what is complete bullshit, is casually rejected as an invention (or at least "tool") of an invisible evil red guy with horns and a tail. By someone whose holy book includes a bunch of nearly incomprehensible stories called "parables" supposedly told by the son of the all-powerful ruler of the universe, who is also the god himself, stories which rely on... wait for it!... logic to make what little sense they do. If logic were really a tool of Satan, then why did Jesus use it? Inquiring minds want to know.

Also, if some Christians want to reject logic wholesale, I would like to know what they intend to replace it with. Because very little makes sense outside the realm of logic. How would one make decisions or determine what is true and what isn't? I suppose one could hope God would let you know, but even fervent Christians who aren't schizophrenics don't get advice from God on whether or not it makes sense to, for example, eat potato salad that's been sitting out in the sun for a few hours. Without logic to rely on, how could one come to realize that one's previous experience of eating potato salad that was sitting out and later getting sick is a good indicator that the same will happen this time? One has to make a logical inference to make that connection. Is Satan trying to keep Christians from eating perfectly good potato salad by making them think it has gone bad, perhaps?



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