Are Christians the Real Skeptics?

Unbelievers and atheists often like to label themselves as skeptics and free-thinkers, and indeed, in our modern era the words ‘skeptic’ and ‘free-thinkers’ are almost taken as being synonymous with unbelief, and yet the ironic thing is that I would argue that some Christians are at least as skeptical and free-thinking, and arguably even more so–in fact, arguably much more so–than any typical theistic unbeliever, for take me, for example, a Christian immaterialist, who doubts the actual exists of matter based on my free-thinking, and then compare this doubt to the doubt shown by your average self-professed modern skeptic and you will thus see that in terms of really being skeptical about certain uncritical beliefs that most people accept (such as the existence of matter), someone like a Christian immaterialist truly is more skeptical and free-thinking than a professional skeptic; and so, the point of this point is to simply note that not only can a Christian, not to mention a general theistic immaterialist, be a skeptic and free-thinker, but he can be a mite bit more skeptical and freely-thinking than the unbeliever who calls himself a “skeptic”.

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13 thoughts on “Are Christians the Real Skeptics?

    • The stupidity of that comment says more about you than the point under discussion…so thank you for your “wisdom”, but perhaps, next time, you could keep it to yourself.

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      • KIA…you really are like the cry-bully who can dish out the barbs but than whines when they are directed back at him. And as far as being “Christian”, I note that Jesus was quite happy to harshly call out the stupidity and idiocy of some of his interlocutors, and so I am happy to follow his example and do the same. Perhaps if you did not make foolish comments, you would not be called out on it.

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      • Actually, philosophically, it could be argued that it is the exact opposite, for skepticism shows us that must of we accept–for example, all of science–ultimately rests on faith. For example, we all trust reason, and yet we cannot justify reason except in a non-circular way, and so our trust in reason is based on faith, not reason itself…and skepticism shows us that.

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      • You have no idea what you are talking about by the definitions you use. “Your much learning has made you mad” “pride has corrupted your thinking”

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      • interesting you know Hitchen’s Razor… i’ll have to remember that when you claim knowledge of the existence of the afterlife and that god, let alone the biblical god created the universe

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    • Indeed…the stories I was taught growing up with minimal evidence…like that life can somehow come unguided and undirected from non-life, that consciousness can somehow “emerge” from unconscious, non-rational, unthinking stuff, that macro-evolution is a fact…you mean stories like that which we are taught in school, right?

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      • So because this sounds farfetched it gives your specific religious belief more credit? If a Muslim typed that exact same comment to me, does that give their belief any more validity?

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