The Incoherence of the Accusers (6)


It’s fashionable nowadays to call one’s self a freethinker while at the same time accuse others as being close-minded. A freethinker is one who is free from any obligation to think in a certain way or ways; free from any overarching framework to pre-inform his mind what is correct or incorrect. By way of analogy, he is like a man at a crossroads with hundreds of roads extending out in all directions around him, not knowing where they lead nor what’s on them. Possessing no impetus for any road, or an equal amount of impetus for all roads, he stays right where he is with his mind open. Such a man either does not exist, or can only be described as an idiot for he cannot distinguished his front from his back. He has three choices: choose a road at whim, spin himself around and walk where he stops, or inhabit a framework of pre-existing values that tells him which road to take. Once he takes a road, however, he closes himself off to all other roads. In short, he becomes close-minded. In this process, first one is an idiot and then close-minded.

Now, for an atheist to say he is a freethinker is a lie. For he has already decided that he will not take some roads. If he has not yet decided which road he himself will take, you may safely regard him as an idiot; he knows nothing. If he has chosen a road, he cannot accuse others of being close-minded without being a hypocrite. Yet, somehow in this culture, the atheist labels himself a freethinker and insults Christianity as being close-minded. He is insulting what he himself is.

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3 thoughts on “The Incoherence of the Accusers (6)

  1. A freethinker is one who is free from any obligation to think in a certain way or ways; free from any overarching framework to pre-inform his mind what is correct or incorrect.

    Is that what a free thinker is? Are you sure?
    is there some way to find out using the Internet or something?

    By way of analogy…

    Dangerous things-analogies. They lend themselves very easily to creating strawmen. Happens a lot.

    Such a man either does not exist, or can only be described as an idiot for he cannot distinguished his front from his back.

    Surely, free thinkers can distinguish between their front and their back?

    <i<He has three choices: choose a road at whim, spin himself around and walk where he stops, or inhabit a framework of pre-existing values that tells him which road to take. Once he takes a road, however, he closes himself off to all other roads. In short, he becomes close-minded.

    So, there no such thing as a free thinker?
    Oh dear.
    You have defined it out of existence in a magical “poof”.
    You didn’t even refer to anything except your own musings.
    Gosh!

    Now, for an atheist to say he is a freethinker is a lie.

    Well, clearly.
    Free thinkers are really close-minded and therefore not freethinkers. So an atheist can’t be a freethinker. It’s a very neat little circle.
    It just goes round and round and round.

    For he has already decided that he will not take some roads.

    Well, that would apply to anybody. Atheist or not.
    You, for example, are not a Hindu.
    Nor are you a Shintoist.
    Nor are you a Sikh.
    Nor are you a Scientologist.
    Nor are you a Mormon.

    “We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.” – Richard Dawkins

    1. “Freethinkers are really close-minded and therefore not freethinkers.”

      You make it your business to twist other people’s words. I didn’t say that. I wonder what would happen if you actually accepted an argument as it’s stated. What you really need is Christ. Only he can free you from your prison of lies.

  2. It’s fashionable nowadays to call one’s self a freethinker while at the same time accuse others as being close-minded.

    That’s how you started your rant.
    It went downhill from there.

    A freethinker is one who is free from any obligation to think in a certain way or ways; free from any overarching framework to pre-inform his mind what is correct or incorrect.

    This is a definition you made up to suit yourself. You then proceed to show it’s not possible. It vanishes in a puff of smoke. Strawmen are really easy to knock down. That’s what they are there for.

    In short, he becomes close-minded.

    Yep, all these so-called “free thinkers” are really close-minded.
    They are not freethinkers at all.

    Now, for an atheist to say he is a freethinker is a lie.

    Well, yes. For anybody to call themselves a freethinker would be a lie.
    It can’t be done-according to your made-up definition.

    What you really need is Christ. Only he can free you from your prison of lies.

    Your own words betray you.
    Ninth Commandment.

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