Fugitives from Fundamentalism

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Reality Test 5-How has my thinking gone wrong?

Posted by Ann on July 19, 2010

5) Deviation from the orthodox doesn’t make a belief true and places the burden of proof on you

Just because you’re ridiculed for your beliefs doesn’t make them true. If you tell me rainbows are in the sky today to remind me that God will never flood the entire earth again, and I laugh in your face, that doesn’t mean that rainbows really are God sky reminders, or prove there was a great flood in the ancient past that covered the entire earth. There is plenty of truth that was never ridiculed, as there are also plenty of scientists whose discoveries or ideas aren’t logically consistent and don’t pass the peer review process. If you make a fantastic claim, the burden of proof is on you to convince both the experts as well as your community in general–especially if we think your claim is ridiculous. You will have to prove that the validity of your idea is greater than the idea already accepted, and get the experts on your side. Eventually, if you do win people over to your opinion, the people with opposing beliefs will shoulder the burden of proof.

For a long time after Darwin, people supporting evolution had the burden of proof. But now the evidence and the majority opinion of both experts and the industrialized world are on the side of the evolutionists. It’s the creationists who have the burden of proof. Where’s the proof?

2 Responses to “Reality Test 5-How has my thinking gone wrong?”

  1. Good point. And it seems to make a lot of sense that people defending unbelievable or un-evidenced assertions would write lines like these:

    Matthew 5:10-12,
    “Blessed are those who are persecuted…”
    “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”
    “…all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

    Christianity has defenses built right into their doctrines. Who needs peer review if you’ve got that?

    • Ann said

      Amazing as it seems, Christians believe you are persecuting them simply because you don’t agree with them.

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