Monday, May 26, 2008

Voltaire


With all due respect Ray,
I myself don't resort to the fallacy of appealing to authority, such as the website you quoted, or that you echoed in your Voltaire example.

For example, exactly how do we "reason badly"? No examples are given, just ad-hominem attacks such as we are "pernicious" and "impudent."

On your very own website, livingwaters, in the evidence bible section, I found this quote*;
"The French philosopher Voltaire, a skeptic who destroyed the faith of many people, boasted that within 100 years of his death, the Bible would disappear from the face of the earth."

So was Voltaire, according to you, a Christian? Which is it Ray?

*link on my blog

http://www.livingwaters.com/witnessingtool/Biblestandsalone.shtml

6 comments:

Matthew said...

Ray Comfort said Voltaire was a Christian?!?! Are you kidding me? Where did he say that? I gotta see this...

SteveMudSkipper said...

By implication I am assuming he meant Voltaire was a Christian, because he conflates Voltaire's belief "God" (which was used to talk about the Christian God) as such.

Complain to Ray, not me.

Matthew said...

Oh, I see. So he didn't actually say Voltaire was a Christian, just that he believed God existed. Wow... don't get me all shook up like that! I thought you really had something incriminating, there...

Voltaire hated Christianity, no doubt about that, but he also believed in God. If Ray was indeed insinuating that Voltaire was a Christian, then he was outrageously mistaken, but it seems to me that he was merely pointing out that Voltaire believed in God.

SteveMudSkipper said...

Let me be more clear;

1) Ray said Voltaire believes in "God."
2) Judging by other posts, Ray uses "God" to mean the Christian God.
3) Therefor Ray thinks Voltaire believes in the Christian God.

Does that make sense?

Matthew said...

So you're saying it was implied? Am I understanding your analysis correctly?

SteveMudSkipper said...

You get an A+