Originally posted by Acolyte
[b]It seems that due to the prevalence of two religious groups on this forum, a lot of arguments are falling into silly black-and-white debates in which both sides may well be wrong. Here are some possible false dichotomies for discussion (no ...[text shortened]... omes out of a reasonable person is either a fact, or a deliberate lie.
- Everyone either has unshakeable faith in the Christian God, or denies the existence of any divinity.
- Either life has a single, exogenous ('higher'
purpose, or it is completely without sense and order.
- Any choice we make consists of a binary choice between good and evil, so essentially any action is either 'the good thing to do' or 'the evil thing to do'.
- Any statement that comes out of a reasonable person is either a fact, or a deliberate lie.
This is the first one I'd disagree with (as far as your observations on RHP forum participants). I'd say that any statement is either right or wrong. One can be sincerely wrong or innocently wrong, or reasonably correct or luckily correct. Not every mistruth is a deliberate lie. But, in my opinion and experience, it is only sensible to conclude that there is absolute truth, and that I must be deliberate in seeking it out.
- Any theory about important matters is either completely true and enlightening, or it is completely without merit.
I also disagree with this statement. My own working understanding of the creationist worldview, for example, has been modified and adjusted over the years as I learn of more and more evidence.
But the greater point here is that an argument's 'merit' is the important issue.