September 22, 2014
So this Peter Boghossian guy seems to be the atheist du jour since I went on hiatus. I’m not surprised that John W. Loftus sings his praises. Loftus has a penchant for finding bad atheist arguments and running with them, and his latest crusade to end philosophy of religion seems no different. In fact, it’s based mostly on Boghossian’s rhetoric. Why should we end philosophy of religion? Because faith is a failed epistemology! That, in a nutshell, is Loftus’ answer. If it seems laughable, don’t blame me. As usual, Loftus gives no good arguments, no evidence, no good reason, just… rhetoric.
Many writers have already dismantled Boghossian’s scholarship, so why should I say anything? I don’t know, actually. I’m trying to force myself back into writing and honestly, I’m not too into the idea of lobbing shots at these self-proclaimed defenders of reason. But the flipside is that these people persuade large groups of people with their illogic.
If you’re a theist, and especially if you’re a Christian, all you need to know is this: Boghossian and Loftus seem persuasive, but they’re just attacking strawmen. Yes, it’s true: faith has no method and no system. That’s because it was never designed to be an epistemology in the first place! Faith, to the Christian, is really no different than the faith Loftus and Boghossian exhibit when they aim to publish books. There is no “proof” when you start writing that you’ll be published. No. Instead, the author trudges forward by hard work and, ahem… faith that their hard work will produce the desired results.
As an apple cannot be a failed orange, so faith cannot be failed epistemology. Without faith we’d have less books, less business ventures, and less successful relationships, because faith is a central component in each. This discussion can and should end for good, but I’m pretty sure it won’t. Atheists will always misconstrue “faith” as a bad thing and attack it. That’s just what they do!