Skeptical View of Christianity

17 Sep

Hey Guys!

Here is an excerpt of an interesting philosophical article/conversation I read today off Boundless.

You say a skeptic doubts everything. What would it be like to doubt everything?

It would make you cautious. You’d reason instead of accepting things blindly. You wouldn’t be taken in by falsehoods.

Are you sure? If you doubted everything, wouldn’t you doubt the good of caution too?

Hmm. Yeah, I guess you would.

And if you doubted everything, wouldn’t you doubt whether reasoning works?

I suppose that’s true too. But doubting everything would keep you from being taken in by falsehoods, wouldn’t it?

Yes, but wouldn’t it also keep you from being “taken in” by truths?

Why?

Because you can’t know a truth unless you believe it, and you can’t believe it unless you stop doubting it.

I see. If I doubt everything, I can’t even know that two and two are four.

Exactly.

So in order to know anything, eventually I have to stop doubting.

Right. As G.K. Chesterton said, “Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”

Then is doubt bad?

No, you just have to know when to stop. The purpose of opening the mind is …

To shut it again on something solid.

But you can’t shut it on something solid unless …

You open it first.

“A Skeptical View of Christianity” – J.Budziszewski

Here is the full article: http://www.boundless.org/2005/articles/a0000011.cfm

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