Atheistic Propositions that are Self-defeating

Atheistic Propositions that are Self-defeating

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Based on a video by Christian philosopher Frank Turek.

A self-defeating proposition is a proposition that is self-contradictory; if it’s true then it’s false. So a self-defeating proposition violates the law of non-contradiction which is one of the fundamental laws of logic.

A few obvious examples could be if I write “I can’t write a word in English” or if I say “my parents never had kids”.

Let’s see how we can provide some easy responses to some common self-defeating atheistic propositions that are very popular in our so called modern world and which we as theists often come across in our preaching.

1. There is no truth <– is that proposition true?

2. You can’t know the truth <– do you know that proposition to be true?

3. All truth is relative <– is that a relative truth?

4. It’s true for you, but not for me <– is that true for everybody?

5. No one has the truth <– how do you have that truth?

6. Everything is meaningless <– what do you mean by that?

7. You ought not judge <– isn’t that a judgment?

8. You should doubt everything <– should I doubt that proposition?

9. There is no truth in religion, only in science <– is that a scientific truth? (no it can’t be proven in a lab. It’s a philosophical, metaphysical assumption).

See the video for more detailed explanations of the above self-defeating statements.

We might add these statements also:

10. You should think for yourself <– then I shoudn’t listen to you, right?

11. You shouldn’t force your beliefs on others <– then why do you force this belief on me?

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