I’m responding to Tolson Chapman’s article in the Faith section from Saturday, Sept. 14.
The article does not make a case for a creator god. What it does is provide several textbook examples of the “god of the gaps” theological fallacy, which interprets gaps in scientific knowledge as proof that god exists.
Any decent scientist will acknowledge that his/her theories contain gaps; the same scientist will keep his or her work open to criticism, even after it’s repeatedly undergone peer review. I haven’t seen many examples of Christians making arguments like his opening them up for this type of criticism and review.
I’m not a Christian or an atheist. I simply can’t see logical fallacies like this and let them slide.
I should mention, too, that I find his accusation of atheists and secular humanists being “offended by Christian symbols (and thus) attempting to expunge all signs of Christianity from society” not just problematic, but offensive.
The majority of those who want Christian symbols removed from schools and hospitals do so because these symbols are there only for a particular percentage of the population who frequents these public places, and exclude everyone else who happens to go to school or get sick.