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Shaker

The defeasibility test

As devised by Professor Matt McCormick:

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... in the spirit of John Loftus’ Outsider Test for Faith, I propose a test.  Before I or any other doubter, atheist, skeptic, or non-believer engages in a discussion about the reasons for and against God, the believer must look deep into his heart and mind and ask this question:  Are there any considerations, arguments, evidence, or reasons, even hypothetically that could possibly lead me to change my mind about God? Is it even a remotely possible outcome that in carefully and thoughtfully reflecting on the broadest and most even body of evidence that I can grasp, that I would come to think that my current view about God is mistaken? That is to say, is my belief defeasible?

If the answer is no, then we’re done. There is nothing informative, constructive, or interesting to be found in your contribution to dialogue.  Anything you have to say amounts to sophistry. We can’t take your input any more seriously than the lawyer who is a master of casuistry and who can provide rhetorically masterful defenses of every side of an issue.  She’s not interested in the truth, only is scoring debate points or the construction of elaborate rhetorical castles (that float on air).

In all fairness, we must demand the same from skeptics, doubters, and atheists. They are just as guilty of conflict if they rail against religious beliefs for lacking rational justification, but in turn there are no possible considerations that could ever lead them to relinquish their doubts.

So before we can get down to the real issues, is your view defeasible?  
The Boyg

Does it work both ways?

i.e. should the unbeliever also look deep into their heart and mind and ask the question:  Are there any considerations, arguments, evidence, or reason, even hypothetically that could possibly lead me to change my mind about God?
Shaker

The Boyg wrote:
Does it work both ways?

i.e. should the unbeliever also look deep into their heart and mind and ask the question:  Are there any considerations, arguments, evidence, or reason, even hypothetically that could possibly lead me to change my mind about God?

Third paragraph  
The Boyg

Shaker wrote:
The Boyg wrote:
Does it work both ways?

i.e. should the unbeliever also look deep into their heart and mind and ask the question:  Are there any considerations, arguments, evidence, or reason, even hypothetically that could possibly lead me to change my mind about God?

Third paragraph  


Fair enough.
Shaker

Not just (some) atheists who are a tad unobservant  
northernstar

The Boyg wrote:
Does it work both ways?

i.e. should the unbeliever also look deep into their heart and mind and ask the question:  Are there any considerations, arguments, evidence, or reason, even hypothetically that could possibly lead me to change my mind about God?


You won't be surprised to know that it's no, in my case.

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