Sunday, December 15, 2013

Circular Reasoning?

One of the common accusations I've heard lately is that Christians are using circular reasoning in arguing that the Bible is true. But is this true?

Firstly, as I mentioned in my previous post (Sye's analogies), without God you don't get truth. You just get brain fizz.

Secondly, it seems arbitrary for an unbeliever to accuse us of doing circular reasoning while overlooking their own circular reasoning that devastates their own worldview - that of using their mind and reasoning to check that their reasoning is valid. How do you know that your reasoning is valid? is thus a very valid question.

Thirdly, some circles are unavoidable when you get down to core assumptions. In the Bible God swore by himself because their was no one greater to swear by. To illustrate this try proving that logic exists without using logic!

Fourthly, not all circles are created equal. Only the biblical circle can account for knowledge. Without the biblical circle there would be no circles at all! All non biblical worldviews have vicious circular reasoning at their core and cannot overcome the problem of using their reasoning to validate that their reasoning is valid. For this reason they refute themselves and blow themselves up. Jason Lisle uses a picture of a man with a barrel of gunpowder going round in a circle. When he lights the fuse it will circle around him and blow himself up. The biblical circle is not a vicious circle but a virtuous circle because it is not a simple circle. The circle transcends a mere vicious circular argument by acknowledging revelation from God. It transcends this earthly plane and thus breaks free from the circle. God has revealed certain things to us so that we can know them for certain (such as that He exists).

God is true because the Bible says so AND because of the impossibility of the contrary. Without God truth doesn't make any sense and those who deny God's existence have their worldview reduced to absurdity.

Is circular reasoning always fallacious? The criticism that we have made a logical fallacy is borrowing from the Christian worldview where logic makes sense. In all non-biblical worldviews logic cannot be accounted for. The fact that the unbeliever expects us to play by 'the rules of logic' exposes the fact that in their heart of hearts they do know God because without God logical rules make no sense at all. Evolution doesn't give us logic - just brain fizz.

Another analogy to the unbelievers circle blowing itself up is that by arguing against God they are cutting off the branch they are sitting on. Check out the following humorous video to see someone doing exactly that!

This next explains it clearly. Arbitrary circles are fallacious - non-arbitrary circles that provide a foundation for logic and knowledge are not refutable

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