Faith piece fell back on theological fallacy

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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.

Jess Hampton

St. John’s

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  • Cashin Delaney
    September 27, 2013 - 16:53

    Was it the dubious science of statistics, or something more accurate that deduced what the majority of non-Christians think, for this intrepid researcher? Can we not see that it is the abrahamic religions and, paradoxically, atheists, that have the least tolerance for other expressions of faith while the rest of the world has nothing to prove and a world of light to gain by not reducing themselves to symbols or dust. Should we tear down certain Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, as if the Mayan-influenced architecture is reserved only for believers of the religious culture that spawned it? This is the same as getting uptight over Newfie. Life is a mystery. Atheists and Yahweh-lovers both stand fast and expect the mystery to conform to thei,r or their gurus conception of the world, and to their own convenience. So this is policing logic; determining that historical buildings be altered to please a minority within a vast majority. French military shot the nose off the sphinx years ago. Why? Maybe because it was the face of a female Nubian. We can deconstruct our environment, but not history.

  • Fred Penner
    September 27, 2013 - 11:05

    All of theology is a fallacy.

  • Herb Morrison
    September 27, 2013 - 07:56

    Speaking from the standpoint pf a confessing and professing Christian, I observed that, in his recent article; Mr Chapman makes two assumptions, whixch are not Scripture based. Firstly, this earth is God's creation; however, neither this earth nor this Nation is not God's Kingdom. Secondly, as a Christian, I am not called by God to prove the existence of God to anyone.