June, 2011

Naturalism

The believe that nature is all that there is. All life is the result of the laws of nature acting over time. In some cases, scientists prefer methodological naturalism rather than metaphysical naturalism. Methodological Naturalism is the belief that science should be conducted as if nature were all that there is, regardless of whether or not it is actually true. Metaphysical Naturalism is the...

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Empiricism

The belief that ALL knowledge is acquired by unbiased observation of the evidence around us. In other words, observation is the ULTIMATE standard by which ALL truth claims are tested. This in itself is a worldview! Many evolutionists are empiricist. We must eventually ask the empiricist HOW he/she KNOWS that “all knowledge is gained through observation”. Clearly this is not something...

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Begging the Question

This is a subcategory of the Fallacies of Presumptions and it’s also known as “Circular Reasoning” or Tautology –This is when the conclusion of an argument is incorporated into one of its premises (or when the truth of a premise depends upon the conclusion). Example 1: “How do I know evolution is true? Because it is a fact!“. This argument is asserting (A) that evolution is true on the basis of...

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The Fallacy bifurcation

This is a subcategory of the Fallacies of Presumptions. It is also known as the “false dilemma” and “the either-or-fallacy”. The fallacy is committed when two propositions are presented as if they were mutually exclusive and the only two possibilities, when in fact they are not. It could be that other options exist or that both are true. For example:“Either you live by faith, or you are a...

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The Fallacy of Irrelevant Thesis

The straw-man argument can be considered a sub-class of the Irrelevant Thesis. This is when someone attempts to prove a conclusion that is not at issue. For example the evolutionist may say “Why is the universe ideally suited for life? Because otherwise we wouldn’t be here to observe it”. It is true that if the universe were not suited for life we wouldn’t be here to observe it but this does not...

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