Religion is another way of knowing

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(God of the gaps paragraph is still wonky. Maybe later..)
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The first question to raise is "Knowing what?".
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Stating "religion is another way of knowing" is an appeal to an egalitarian impulse for equity. It constitutes an argument by pathos. It also constitutes a support of [[relativism]].  
according to the biblical knowledge - not much...
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to list a few things claimed to be known by the bible:-
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-Pi is 3
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-The earth is flat
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-The earth is "held up"
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-talking snakes use to fly
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This argument is claiming the god of the gaps argument is true, and that they know that it is true.
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This argument claims the [[God of the gaps]] argument is true, and that they know that it is true.
 
The argument is a God of the gaps argument because they say that god did everything, and they know it.
 
The argument is a God of the gaps argument because they say that god did everything, and they know it.
 
This is odd as it is commonly raised that you can't know everything by both sides.
 
This is odd as it is commonly raised that you can't know everything by both sides.
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Consulting a Magic 8-Ball is also another way of knowing. Or, to make it more general, guessing is another way of knowing.
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The question then turns into "How do you know that this knowledge is true?". Using the word "knowledge" might look like it implies that the data is true by definition, but this is not the case. We can read the Harry Potter books and gain knowledge about Harry Potter and the world in which the story is set. It is knowledge, and it's true in a sense that it is true to the description given in the book, but it is not a description of a real, existing world; it's not really true.
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Science purposely has mechanisms and procedures to verify and confirm collected knowledge, whereas religion does not. Religion makes claims to knowledge, and sticks to those claims no matter what.
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{{Common objections}}
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[[Category:Arguments]]
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[[Category:Arguments for the existence of God]]
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[[Category:Arguments for belief]]

Revision as of 20:50, 9 August 2011

Stating "religion is another way of knowing" is an appeal to an egalitarian impulse for equity. It constitutes an argument by pathos. It also constitutes a support of relativism.

This argument claims the God of the gaps argument is true, and that they know that it is true. The argument is a God of the gaps argument because they say that god did everything, and they know it. This is odd as it is commonly raised that you can't know everything by both sides.

Consulting a Magic 8-Ball is also another way of knowing. Or, to make it more general, guessing is another way of knowing.

The question then turns into "How do you know that this knowledge is true?". Using the word "knowledge" might look like it implies that the data is true by definition, but this is not the case. We can read the Harry Potter books and gain knowledge about Harry Potter and the world in which the story is set. It is knowledge, and it's true in a sense that it is true to the description given in the book, but it is not a description of a real, existing world; it's not really true.

Science purposely has mechanisms and procedures to verify and confirm collected knowledge, whereas religion does not. Religion makes claims to knowledge, and sticks to those claims no matter what.


v · d Common objections to atheism and counter-apologetics
Personal   Why are you trying to tear down other people's faith? · Why can't everyone just have their own beliefs? · What are your qualifications? · Atheists believe in nothing · You are a communist · Why do atheists inspire such hatred? · That's not my God
Religious   That's not in my Bible · They're not true Christians · You just want to sin · Atheists know there is a God · It takes more faith to disbelieve than it does to believe · God doesn't believe in atheists · Science is a faith · Atheism is a religion · Atheists worship materialism · Hypocrisy of celebrating religious holidays · Atheism is based on faith · Religious belief is beneficial
Science and logic   You can't prove God doesn't exist · Science can't touch god · God can't be defined · So you think we came from nothing / pondsoup / monkeys? · If God didn't create everything, who did? · That might be true for you, but its not true for me · Religion is another way of knowing · Apologetics and dinosaurs
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