Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I am simply amazed by Christopher Hitchens comments.
Ad homenim arguments - ancient people were ignorant of science, therefore their religious beliefs must have been wrong.
Straw man arguments - since idolatry is false, Judaism is false.
Argument from personal incredulity - God would not have created a universe which will come to an end. He would not have revealed the Torah only to the Jews 3,300 years ago.
Question begging - no God exists because a transcendent being cannot exist and therefore no God exists.
Factual errors - Darwinian evolution is needed to produce flu vaccine.
His coup de grâce is that everything we see in the world can be explained without believing in God. Everything, I suppose, except for the Big Bang, life and Judaism.
It just goes on and on. He doesn't make one accurate, logical argument. Just a buffoon whose brain has been half eaten by alcohol.
But listen to the crowd applaud his every comment, no matter how illogical or false.
Then look at this: Triumph of the Will, released only 73 years earlier in 1935. See the crowd roaring approval as the Nazi leaders spout their nonsense. Today we know how crazy they were, but then who knew and who cared? (Incidentally, many leading Nazis were atheists and Darwinian evolution was a foundation of Nazism.)
Imagine someone had taken the podium after Hitler spoke at the Nuremberg rally and had said "Listen, we really can't do this. Germany does not have the resources to conquer all of Europe. If we try this, we're all going to die." Of course, he would have been right, however somehow I'm not sure the crowd would have appreciated him.
People have a tendency to believe any lie which allows them to do what they want to do. This is known as denial.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 10:56 AM