Ydemoc asked some well thought out questions, in such a kind manner they do warrant a response.
>>the truths identified by Objectivist axioms.
Yes, there are self evident truths. As a mere example, even our founding fathers believed this also as "We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights" The rights are axiomatic. There is a Biblical necessity to deny the fundamental point of moral neutrality here. What
failed is southern men thinking that slaves are not people, but
property. Their axioms were simply wrong. It was also "self evident"
that the world was flat at a time in history, true? So how do we get
through axioms that are incorrect? More, correct, axioms and that is the purpose of TAG.
These points are not flip answers but my attempt to flesh them out
in my very limited philosophical education. But, I do not claim to be a
well versed philosopher, but an exegete in Scripture. At least that is
my goal and focus.
>>For "axiom of existence". So you presuppose that you exist.
>>For "axiom of identity". You presuppose that you are you.
"The problem here is that Dr. Copan, like many critics of
presuppositionalism, confuses a presupposition of an argument with a premise of an argument." ~~Dr. James N. Anderson
As Anderson pointed out, "the argument identifies a performative
inconsistency in the one who
doubts his own existence. (In a sense, all transcendental arguments aim
to identify a performative inconsistency in the skeptic’s position.)
Does it presuppose its conclusion? Yes, in the sense that the argument
can be mentally entertained by a person only if that person exists — but that’s precisely the point. This sort of non-trivial ‘presupposing’ is necessarily involved in all transcendental arguments that purport to identify a necessary precondition of rational thought...Once you see that Descartes’ argument doesn’t beg the question in any objectionable fashion, it ought to be clear that neither does the presuppositionalist’s argument."
June 18, 2012
June 7, 2012
"Rejoice, young man, while you are young, and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth. And walk in the ways of your heart and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all of these things God will bring you to judgment." ~Ecclesiastes 11:9
You wonder why Atheists look bad? This was on the side of a church. Your god is proud of you, I am sure. But you, as leaders, are guiding the youth to their own destruction. Sad
Some may state that I am generalizing and that they would never condone such behavior. But that is irrelevant. It doesn't matter if you condone or not.
It's like a kid shooting a black kid in a school, only to find out his Dad is a leader of the KKK. His Dad may claim he doesn't approve, but the behavior to hate is taught from an early age. You're leading the youth to their own destruction, literally.
Even Matt Dillahunty said recently that he expects Christianity to come to an end shortly. "Not by force, but by reason" but much the same as the dorks that bomb abortion clinics that believe they are doing something good for their god, they're mislead. You have so many militant and angry Atheists, and the ones that lead them, out there spewing a great deal of hatred that may have blow back, like this picture.
This is probably why people are trying to promote an Atheism 2.0 (bit.ly/Atheism2). They literally, see the writing on the wall.