Claim Knowledge and Run

Paarsurrey says:

Smalley has generalized all dead and living religions; the polytheist and the monotheists together; not a sensible approach of him for sure.

The title of your post is good and pertinent.

  • paarsurrey
    July 24th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Reblogged this on paarsurrey and commented:
    Smalley has generalized all dead and living religions; the polytheist and the monotheists together; not a sensible approach of him for sure.

    The title of your post is good and pertinent.

  • paarsurrey
    July 24th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Quoting words from your post:

    “God of modern monotheistic book religion.”

    Quran identifies them as the people of the book; those who have a revealed book to follow distinct from those who don’t have a revealed book.

    What is your concept of “modern monotheistic religion”? Please

  • paarsurrey
    July 24th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    “Referencing dead religions as if this were a point in itself is, therefore, a mistake of someone who has read very little theology.”

    I agree with you here.

  • paarsurrey
    July 24th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    “the counter that secular views have many discredited relatives wouldn’t be far behind.”
    They are also many factions; some of them are not satisfied even that they should be called Atheists; they prefer themselves to be called Humanists or Skeptics/Agnostics; all negative and meaningless connotations, in my opinion.

  • paarsurrey
    July 24th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    “western monotheism”

    What is western monotheism?

    I think East is/was the citadel of monotheism; it did not originate with the West, in my opinion. Please elaborate this point for me.

  • paarsurrey
    July 24th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    “No rational point against theism has been made.”
    I agree with you; Smalley has failed to make any good argument in it.

  • paarsurrey
    July 24th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    “Thus, the act of putting this on a top ten list serves mostly to highlight how little real material exists for Smalley to post in support of his materialistic atheism.”

    Like other Atheists/Humanist/Skeptics/Agnostics; they all attack religion and want to demolish a constructed building thinking that the rubble would make a building for them automatically.

    That will never happen; human conscious would reject the unnatural materialism/atheism.

Fide Dubitandum

look_a_distraction_design_by_eecomicsNext from Smalley’s “Top Ten Reasons Why I’m an Athiest”, we have this:

4. Demeter, Jesus, Apollo, Horus, Zeus, Mithra, Yahweh, Tammuz, Ganesha, and Allah are only 10 of the thousands of gods recorded in history. An Atheist is not one that refuses to read religious doctrine; it is often one who reads too many. 

As before, it is very unclear what the argument actually is here. But I suppose that it is something like this:

Belief in any particular religion (presumably, Christianity) is as unreasonable as belief in these other deities.

The first thing to note here is that this is simply not true. Anyone who actually reads a lot of theology would understand that the gods of ancient temple religions are open to a host of objections that wouldn’t remotely address the God of modern monotheistic book religion.

Little, if any, of the case supporting the existence of…

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