Sophistry brought to us by theology


How was the world made?

God said, ‘Let there be light and there was light’

How was god made?

Man said let there be a god, and there was one!

from Is Life worth living without immortality by M.M Mangasarian

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

12 thoughts on “Sophistry brought to us by theology

  1. Mordanicus says:

    I would argue that theology is a particular kind of sophistry, the mental gymnastics to reconcile scriptural contradictions, inconsistencies between scripture and the empirical world, and so on. Theologians, like sophists of Ancient Athens, are taking advantage of peoples lack of understanding formal logic. They try to impress the ignorant (wo)man with their seemingly neat “arguments”. Most of theology are essentially rhetorical tricks to mislead the uneducated.

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    • makagutu says:

      How the educated like Platinga and WLC believe the things they say is one of the miracles of the modern, forgive the pun!

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      • Mordanicus says:

        Unfortunately being educated does not imply one is immune for these rhetoric. Of course, it’s essential how one is educated. It’s not without reason that the religious wants to control schools. Which BTW explains my opposition to non-secular schools.

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  2. Eric Alagan says:

    Reminds me of – Did he who made man, also made religion?

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  3. aguywithoutboxers says:

    And man kept repeating his same mistake over and over again until he had created a multitude of deities all over the world.

    Great thought to share, my Nairobi brother! Have a terrific week! Please remember to drive the speed limit or below! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. exrelayman says:

    I enjoy you citing the old masters: it is awesome that d’Holbach, Volney, and Paine, and then the later Magasarian, Wheless, Ingersoll, and Remsberg are all available for free on the internet.

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    • makagutu says:

      I have read I think all I could find of Ingersoll, Paine and d’Holdbach. I have just discovered Magasarian and as I see it, he’s going to come between me and reading the likes of Dawkins, Hitchens just as the others before succeeded in doing.
      It’s a great relief their works are available for free pleading to be read!

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