Fugitives from Fundamentalism

The Musings of Adult Missionary Kids (MKs) & Former Born-Again Believers

Reality Test 13–How has my thinking gone wrong?

Posted by Ann on October 4, 2010

13) Ad Hominem or Tu Quoque attacks focus your thoughts on the person with an idea rather than the truth of an idea itself

Drawing your attention to the man or woman with an idea rather than the idea itself doesn’t discredit the idea. For instance, calling a person an atheist, Christian, or communist doesn’t prove they are wrong. However, it may be useful to know the ideology of the person making a statement because of the potential for ideological bias. In other words, Christians aren’t wrong because they are “Christians”, but because their ideology is flawed. The claims they make must be refuted directly. Making hasty generalizations, such as “all Christians are idiots”, is known as a prejudice. Coming to quick, unwarranted conclusions is probably related to the evolution of the human brain which is designed to constantly search for connections between events and causes. We jump to conclusions without gathering as much information as possible on our ideas. Developing unwarranted conclusions is one of the most common types of irrational thought.  Such as making the statement, “Well you do it too”, which in itself doesn’t prove or invalidate a claim.

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