The Antithesis of Answers

In Christian apologetics the most complex answer is the best one, because it is the only one that will wear out the investigator to the point where they just look at the overwhelming picture and say, “well, 2 billion people can’t all be wrong. Can they”? I was embroiled in it for years explaining the defense of the Mormon faith until I got too tired. It went against my simple solution brain. Even the best thought out answer requires additional explaining and hair splitting. You really have to choose to believe or not. It’s that simple. Then if you believe it you’ll know it’s true. Got it!


Author: jimoeba

Alternatives to big box religions and dogmas

11 thoughts on “The Antithesis of Answers”

  1. Same principle as a Gish Gallop, which is typically used in Creationism. The explanation from Rationalwiki:

    The Gish Gallop (also known as proof by verbosity) is the fallacious debate tactic of drowning your opponent in a flood of individually-weak arguments in order to prevent rebuttal of the whole argument collection without great effort. The Gish Gallop is a belt-fed version of the on the spot fallacy, as it’s unreasonable for anyone to have a well-composed answer immediately available to every argument present in the Gallop. The Gish Gallop is named after creationist Duane Gish, who often abused it.

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    1. Interesting. It has a name! That’s hilarious. Thanks for explains that in one paragraph instead of a series of books with references and testimonies. 🙂

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    2. As you said, ” dying is a a noisy affair”. I could suppose the wailing will be “super nova” loud but enjoyable at the death of religion

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  2. Increased complexity also gets preferred because it’s the body of excuses that get made for the faith. Over time, many faiths have had to develop a list of responses to deal with obvious objections to their position. Intelligent people especially have to construct hosts of excuses to get past reasonable doubts. Juggling so many different things will make anyone’s arms tired.

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    1. I was a pretty good juggler with that crap back in the day. I was so in to excusing everything on faith I forgot who I was. And I was tired. Took a few years in the jungle for me the. I could look at Mormonism more like an outsider and I was embarrassed. I was an idiot and I wished I could meet everyone over again that I had fed that crap to. But I’m all good now. Se la vi

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  3. “Well, 2 billion people can’t all be wrong. Can they?”

    A response or comment like that Jim-I’m-In — and I’m sure you know this as well being in Panama — demonstrates immensely how narrow-minded a lifetime Westerner(?) or American(?) has NEVER experienced indepth many other parts of this world’s cultures. As I’ve said many times on our community of Secular blogs, orthodoxy does not make something or an ideology true. If that were ridiculously true, then Americans that believe the Holocaust was bogus and never happened would be correct because of orthodoxy. Or those who do not profess Christianity as their “faith” would mean that about 69% of the world’s population would actually be correct due to their orthodoxy. It’s a fallacious argument to say 2-M people are entirely correct, every single one of them, especially when the sciences of psychology, sociology, and anthropology all amply show we bipedal primates are EXTREMELY gregarious for the simple ancient reason of survival! Duh. LOL 😛

    Thorough, comprehensive, wider interdisciplinary examinations are currently humanity’s BEST WAY to compelling probabilities and plausibilities or truths, and HEDGE against error, particularly immediate or gradual catastrophic errors — yes, this means a shitload of legwork, rechecking, reexamining, scrutiny, refinements, overhauls or corrections, etc, etc, that many/most people (non-scientists) do NOT want to do or allow to be done. Laziness and/or fear is why.

    Hence, this is why (blind?) “Faith” is so wide-spread around the world! That and poor, restricted curriculum, or grossly incomplete educational curriculums through a person’s primary and intermediary grade-levels.


    1. Wait, what? Westerners are not the center of the universe? That is one of the things I mentioned to the nurse. Americans are really naive about most everything. And yes, Especially when it comes to the grip of tradition in the one true god

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      1. Hahahaha!!! Yeah, I know, right? 🙄

        I’ve mentioned this to many of our compatriots in Secularism around our blog-o-sphere… it most often boils down to TWO simple questions:

        1) How much will this life/faith choice hurt me in the immediate and foreseeable future, and

        2) How much will this life/faith choice BENEFIT me in thee immediate and foreseeable future

        If they will hurt, make happy, estrange, or make closer those they care most about by the faith-decision, that’s how that choose accordingly. It rarely has ANYTHING to do with truth or historical facts. LOL 😛

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