Blind Faith versus Critical Thinking

From Worldview Radio with Brannon Howse,  January 24, 2012 

Topic: Brannon continues from yesterday’s program and reveals from Romans 1 [22, 25, 26, 28,and 32] why he believes that God has turned America over and that the lack of good presidential candidates is part of national judgment. [28:45 – 31:11] Brannon explains how Christians can use national judgment to advance the gospel? Romans 1, explains why there is an increase in false teachers as well as the increase in false gods, and demonic activity. 

Response posting – 01/27/12 05:19:10 PM – Author Unknown – California

Judgment? YES!

We are toast. I’m just surprised at the patience of our Lord in not hammering our country sooner with severe judgment. Our country, as a whole, minus the remnant of true believing Christians, deserves worse than Sodom and Gomorrah got. It is coming, and Revelation says it’s [sic] TRIBULATION and the wrath of God and The Lamb! Mercifully, Jesus Christ in Revelation 3:10 promises that the true believing Christians who believe on Him and His Word, will be spared that wrath.

This week is “Persuasion Week” for my Introduction to Public Speaking classes. Over a five-hour two-day period, they will know “everything there is to know” about persuasion, argument and, most importantly, critical thinking. Some of my material comes straight from the textbooks I have used over three decades of teaching this course, including the theories of Maslow, Monroe and others to contend with.

Some of the lectures come from outside sources.

Three of the books I use outside the standard texts include Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, R. Buckminster Fuller’s Operating Manual for the Spaceship Earth, and Carl Sagan’s A Demon Haunted World. These provide the foundation for the critical thinking curriculum.

In a section joyously titled “Latin 10101,” the class reviews a small number of arguments made by speakers which, as listeners, they need to be weary. Some are not really Latin, like the “Straw Man” and “Begging the Question” arguments, but most are, like Non-Sequitur (without or out of sequence) and Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc (What came after was caused by what came before).

The last on my list is Metus Mongering or Fear Mongering. The simplified definition is using argument to scare the listener into believing. Many times, especially in politics and religion, the problem statement is simply non-existent or exceptionally minor, but almost always emotionally explosive. This leads to a solution that is 1) irrelevant to the populus, 2) contrary to the societal norms, 3) degrading or discriminating a minority group(s), and 4) usually a waste of time, money and an insult to the faithful (political or religious).

Fear mongering is where those in power create myths concerning an issue, extravagating the importance or simply making the problem up, because they believe that their public (peons  or congregations) cannot differentiate truth from fiction or the true extent of the purported severity (lack thereof). Whether the myth is nationalist or religious, it is designed to control the populous.

The comments in the beginning of this column are a glaring example of the use of fear of religious retribution to control the masses. The truly unfortunate part is that this comes from a religion that professes “Peace and Harmony.” Yet failure to yield to their myths will result in something “worse than Sodom and Gomorrah.” (Genesis 19)

Most scholars agree that the Book of Revelation was written centuries after the death of Jesus. Part of the inspiration may have come from the Roman Emperor Constantine in his attempt to control the populous though the use of the new religion and declaring Jewish law invalid, contrary to Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5:17-20)

Constantine, as the story goes, only accepted Christianity after he claimed to have seen a Christian Cross in the sky just before a great battle and victory. Not from a revelation of peace and serenity as prophesied by the Jewish scriptures.

If our government used such extreme threats to control our citizens, we would be up in arms, in some cases literally. This is unacceptable behavior per the national morals of this nation. We abhor threats of violence to control the populous of any kind and have voiced this moral judgment within our Constitution.

Amendment VIII – “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

So why accept a threat of eternal damnation without question?

Christians have told me that such acceptance is based on “faith.” But when asked why they believe this proposition so deeply as true, they can only repeat their mantra – “Faith” and can only refer back to their holy writings as proof.

I left Judaism because of the religion’s explicit demand to stop thinking critically, to stop asking “Why,” and only accept the answers from the Rabbis and Cantors. I could not accept Christianity and Islam for the same reasons. What I had taken on “faith” became myths, not unlike what those of the Abrahamic faiths call the religions of Rome, Greece and the Nords.

For me, most if not all skeptics and Humanists, and for all atheists, “Blind faith” is simply not an acceptable proposition. The reference to a single set of “holy” books as proof is not an acceptable proposition. The use of threats of a damned life after death is not only not an acceptable proposition, but one that is beyond the scope of critical thinking.

David Rosman’s newest book, A Christian Nation? An examination of Christian nation theories and proofs is now available through Amazon.com in paperback or eBook versions.

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About David Rosman

David is the winner of the Missouri Press Foundation's "Best Columnist" in 2013 (First Place) and 2014 (Second Place). He is the winner of the 2016 Harold Riback Award for excellence in writing. He is also an editor and award-winning speaker. His book, "A Christian Nation? An examination of Christian nation theories and proofs" is available on Amazon, com as a paperback and eBook.
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