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How Knowing Apologetics Can Reduce Argumentativeness

How Knowing Apologetics Can Reduce Argumentativeness

Apologetics is about being argumentative, right? That’s the reputation. The reality can and should be very different. Jonathan McLatchie demonstrates the real effect of knowing apologetics in this 10 minute video exchange with atheistDouglas Letkeman. Watch and observe: Watch how easily he answers. He doesn’t say more than necessary, because this is an artificial “intervention” Douglas is performing with him, called “Street Epistemology.” (He calls it SE in the first moments of the clip.) Watch also how little confrontation there…

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Boghossian’s Street Epistemology: Not The Socratic Method

Boghossian’s Street Epistemology: Not The Socratic Method

In his Manual for Creating Atheists, Peter Boghossian teaches atheists to confront religious believers with questions that he describes as Socratic in style and method. John Loftus reiterated that recently. I think Socrates would have had a fit. Here’s why. Method matters in so far as it is a method for accomplishing something in particular. If I were to publish a Brand New 21st-Century Method! you would hardly buy it without asking, method for what? Street Epistemology might have a Socratic…

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