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Here’s a little background about the book:
Most people don’t want to think about how they reason, since most reasoning is based on nothing at all. Does that seem like an extreme statement? Read on to find out that it’s simply how things are.
What was probably the most watched evolutionism-creationism debate in history opened discussions throughout the world. The official topic of the debate was never the real issue, however, since the official topic misses the point, so it could be argued endlessly without any resolution. The question really is, “How can we know anything about anything if we can’t establish a basis for thinking?” The discussion danced all around this issue but never really hit it squarely. Without solving this issue, virtually any argument could be made, since nothing has to make any sense. It only needs to convince the majority of people rather than ever trying to find the truth. This being the case, every debate becomes a mind game in which one or both sides try to confuse the audience.
While this book may be using the debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye as a backdrop, it’s not about the debate. It’s a book about thinking. The great debate about Creation versus evolution is centered on the foundation of thought. Ken and Bill discussed many conflicts. Every conflict between these men is not centered on the scientific observation. Every conflict is centered on the foundation of reason that’s used to interpret the observation.
Is reason best founded on assumptions, on Divine revelation through the Bible, or on something else?
We’ll be discussing the difference between concepts and reality. There is a distinct difference. This is the difference between make-believe and reality. We’ll discuss supposition, presupposition, worldview, and Divine revelation as these relate to this difference. To suppose is to assume something true without proof, though suppositions are generally rationalized to be true. In other words, supposition is pretending that an unknown is known.
Presuppositions are suppositions that have been accepted as true before doing any reasoning. Worldviews are complete inner concepts of the entire world. Divine revelation is imparted knowledge from Almighty God. Some people would suppose that Divine revelation is the same as supposition. In other words, they would like to pretend that there is no real Divine revelation. However, they have no rational basis for this belief in “no revelation.”
A chain of thought is only as strong as its weakest link