A little over a year ago I wrote “Reformed Papists, Being Offended, and Rushdoony.” The main idea of that article was that being a “Reformed Papist” is very much a genuine affliction which deserves an objective label. When Christians employ that sort of term, it is not as if they are calling you a “poopy […]
Kevin DeYoung’s brave piece “Stop the Revolution. Join the Plodders” gained considerable attention, but not nearly as much discerning pushback from Reformed folk as it should have. I need to say a few words about it, especially because it concerns a very careless, but common, fallacy that destroys the true meaning and mission of this thing […]
By now most of you are familiar with the presence of abortion abolitionists at the G3 Conference and some of the ugly rumors spread about it afterwards. What you may not know is that while so many interested parties were working to malign these guys, one prominent speaker actually took the time to speak with […]
What follows is a sort of master index to the articles published so far merely on the misrepresentations of Theonomy by Jordan Hall. These I consider little more than extensions of the ridiculous level of argumentation from his original podcasts that began this whole debate between us (I have included a link to my original […]
Sorry for the title. No, that’s not a precursor for any kind of wedding bells, I can assure you. This is, instead, yet another in the seemingly eternal series of misquotes and misrepresentations by Jordan Hall in our recent debate. This one occurred during cross-examination when he asked me whether I thought Theonomy is “an […]
The announcement of my upcoming “Theonomy debate” with Mr. Hall has provoked a flurry of discussions on the topic all across Facebook and some on Twitter. It’s been encouraging, but it’s also been quite crazy actually. It got so crazy the keepers of Reformed Pub actually set down beers for a minute to ask Pubsters […]
I post the following article in view of recent and vociferous critiques of theonomy and Christian reconstruction made by Reformed Baptist podcaster J. D. Hall. I have secured agreement for a moderated discussion with Chris Rosebrough of Pirate Christian Radio to discuss the charges Hall has leveled against our position. I will save my own […]
An unfortunate example of the fallacy of Epithet comes in the writings of John Calvin himself. That such a gifted theologian as Calvin commits this error testifies again to the insidious nature of fallacies – even the best can and do fall prey.
So, you want to understand what happened to the economy in 2008? I have an answer. It’s a poem. Why a poem? Because people can follow a poem, if it’s not too poetic, better than they can follow detailed chains of economic reasoning. [wpsh]Poems can have great influence. It is safe to say that the […]
Shortly after finishing my book “Biblical Logic: In Theory and Practice,” I became more sensitive at spotting logical fallacies all around. Not that I take pride in doing so — it just happens. Since I had just spent the better part of nine months writing sections on dozens of informal fallacies out there, I was kind of in “fallacy detective” mode, sniffing out disturbing claims left and right.
(From the author’s Biblical Logic: In Theory and Practice) An Appeal to Peer Pressure uses the emotional and psychological feeling of inclusion in or exclusion from a group as a means of pressuring its victim to adopt a position. Crude examples say, “Everyone else is doing it. You won’t be cool if you don’t,” or […]
One of the “Fallacies of Cause” I address in my book Biblical Logic is one that confuses simultaneity for causation. In other words, just because two things occur at or near the same time, someone may fallaciously assume that one caused the other. We call this Cum Hoc Propter Hoc, which is Latin for “With this, because of this.” The same exposure of folly as the After This Fallacy applies here to the With This Fallacy: a myriad of possible causes exist – many we may not even see or know of – for every given occurrence. This creates a high probability for false causes, even for events that seem to concur in time. Correlation in time cannot guarantee a causal link.
Modern Christianity is known, among other things, for teaching the idea of God’s unconditional love. It is often spoken of in terms of evangelism, when believers express their concern for the "afterlife" of unbelievers. "God loves you unconditionally," they tell their unbelieving audience, "and He wants you to be with Him in heaven."
Last Friday’s article About the Video on Atheism