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Mark Jones's Avatar Jump to comment 3 by Mark Jones

Pastor Wilson wants to claim that basing knowledge on reason is question-begging in the same way as basing belief in the bible on the bible itself is question-begging.

This tactic seeks to render reason and the bible as equivalent ways of knowing - or perhaps even to raise the bible above reason? But this simply ignores the evidence of the relative success of the two ways of knowing. Not only has reason shown itself to be many times more successful than the bible at establishing a putative truth, it is a way of knowing that the Pastor uses himself in most other aspects of his life (I hope!). So hypocrisy has to be added to his inability to evaluate the evidence.

Tue, 08 Sep 2009 15:13:00 UTC | #395339