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Unskeptical Skeptics & Evidence for Evidence (with Mitch Stokes)

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Mitch Stokes explains why skeptics should be more skeptical and why we need evidence for evidence. Dr. Stokes also talks about his involvement with the film FREE SPEECH APOCALYPSE and his books on atheism, faith, Galileo and Newton.

Special Guest: Dr. Mitch Stokes, author upcoming book, How to Be an Atheist: Why Many Skeptics Aren’t Skeptical Enough and Senior Fellow of Philosophy at New St. Andrews College

Featured Song: Questions (The Unknown God, 2013) – IV Conerly feat. shai linne

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WHAT IS FAITH? An Important Question About Definitions

What is faith? Is it blind? Dumb? Irrational? What do the Scriptures say about the concept of faith?

Pop culture (and many Christians!) wrongly define the Christian concept of faith. A chief offender: atheist activist Peter Boghossian. Peter and the disciples (get it?) define faith as “pretending to know things you don’t know”. We need to ask:

  • What is their authority for this definition?
  • Have they done any basic exegetical work?
  • What is their justification for their interpretation?
  • Where do they pull their definition from – what is their source?

 
No wise student of belief systems should act as if all frameworks have an identical definition of this concept (faith). A person may not agree with the way Christian theology defines faith but shouldn’t they at least understand how Christians have historically understood the concept? If not, what are they accomplishing? Maybe what they intend – to score points.

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What Is Faith?

WHAT IS FAITH?

Atheists misdefine the Christian concept of faith. The chief offender is Peter Boghossian. When Peter and the disciples (get it?) define faith as “pretending to know things you don’t know”, we need to ask: “What is their authority, their source for this definition? Have they done any basic exegetical work in the text? What is their justification for their interpretation? Where do they pull their definition from?”

No wise student of world religions and other belief systems should act as if all frameworks have an identical definition of this word/concept. A person may not agree with the way Christian theology defines faith – fine. But shouldn’t they at least understand how Christians have historically utilized the word and concept? If they are not attempting to do this – which appears to be the case—then what are they accomplishing?

Atheists, please understand: any evangelical worth their salt is not interested in some vague philosophy of religion definition of faith but rather the biblical – and especially the New Testament – use of the word and concept.

Will Peter B. be interested? Not likely. But then he will merely be defining something in a way that is designed to be favorable to his ultimate end. That’s not a linguistic consideration; that’s a cheap tactic. Read Peter Boghossian, Atheist Tactitian for more on this.

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