Posted on Jan 11, 2014 by Tom Gilson
James Lindsay thinks he has caught me exposing faith as separate from knowledge. It’s a long exposition, almost 2,800 words (including some lengthy quotations from my own writing).
I’ve studied it carefully, and I think I can confidently reduce it to this:
Christians think they have evidence-based knowledge that supports their faith. I say they don’t. Other people outside the Christian faith tradition agree with me. Therefore Christians are necessarily wrong to believe they have knowledge supporting their faith.
In fact, I can reduce it to even fewer words: “Hey, everybody–Tom is wrong, and I’m right.”
Now, that’s what I call a strong argument!
Note to James: if you’re right, you’re right. If not, then you’re not right. If we have no evidence-based knowledge supporting our faith, then we’re wrong. If we do, then you’re wrong. None of those conditional statements is controversial. Let’s move on to something more substantive, okay? And let’s not pretend that mere pronouncements such as you made repeatedly in your blog post can settle anything.