The ‘Brights’ Offer Their ‘Reasons’ Not to Believe in God

NEW STATESMAN – Faith No More – by Andrew Zak Williams

In an article that cannot be read without laughing out loud, Andrew Zak Williams of the New Statesman interviewed an army of the world’s leading atheists so they could offer their most convincing arguments for why they do not believe in God. What makes the article so unwittingly funny is the fact it is chockablock with a startling array of logical fallacies. Reading the article is almost like engaging in the logical fallacy-equivalent of a word search—there’s a logical fallacy in each paragraph, but you’ve got to find them!

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Do Not Judge: The Most Misapprehended Command in the Bible

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. — Matthew 7:1

Perhaps one of the most misinterpreted commands in all of scripture is the instruction not to judge. Unquestionably, the Bible is serious in its command about not judging; however, like all things literary, it is important to read the Bible in context in order to know the kind of judgment God is specifically instructing Christians to avoid.

Context is a critically important tool required to accurately interpret scripture. Due to the fact that atheists are—more often than not—deeply estranged to the fundamentals of Christian doctrine, they are not familiar with the context of scriptures, which inevitably leads to their misapprehension of key texts. When context is removed, it is painlessly easy to argue that the Bible makes all sorts of absurd contradictions. However, when the correct biblical context is in place, the Bible is a stunningly consistent, error-free guide to living.

Supposed inconsistencies and contradictory verses do not demonstrate that the Bible is fallacious; they only expose the inability of the arbiter to properly distinguish correct biblical context. For example, if one were to take Matthew 7:1 and come to the illogical conclusion that God believes that all judgment is wrong, one would inevitably be concerned when one arrives at scriptures like John 7:24 or 1 Corinthians 6:2-3, which specifically instruct Christians to judge.

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. – John 7:24

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? [A]nd if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? [H]ow much more things that pertain to this life? – I Corinthians 6:2-3

(Of course, atheists like Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins would arrive at these two verses, juxtapose them with Matthew 7:1, remove all the respective contexts from all of the verses, and immediately argue that they are demonstrative of the Bible’s inconsistency and untrustworthiness. That’s the only way atheists know how to argue.)

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