5 Bad Arguments You Shouldn’t Use Against Skeptics
by Dean Meadows
Apologetics, by definition, is the art and science of making a defense. In the case of Christian apologetics, it would be the art and science of defending the Christian faith. The weight of such a matter is important for the listening ears. Therefore, if we implement really good reasons for the Christian faith we will make inroads with skeptics. However, the use of bad reasons will cease conversation. With this in mind, here are five really bad arguments you should never use with skeptics.
1. You Can’t Prove that God Doesn’t Exist
This is a popular line of reasoning in the Church. Unfortunately, it is a really bad argument. To say that you can’t prove that God doesn’t exist is true. As Christians, we are making the positive claim that He does exist. Therefore, the burden of proof is on us to make the case. Furthermore, this line of reasoning would be true for any deity. But those deities are eliminated as positive evidence for the Christian worldview.
2. Did You Have Father Issues When You Were Younger?
Sometimes I’ll hear apologist say that more often than not, those who are skeptical had some father/family issues in the past and that is why they’ve turned away from God. This is a horrible argument for a couple of reasons. First, The argument could be run in the exact opposite direction of the Christian. A skeptic might say, “You’re only a Christian because you had a positive father figure in your life from a young age.” Now, I hope all of us had great father figures, but that shouldn’t be why we’re Christians. Second, it is simply an appeal to emotion and motive which are merely attacks on the skeptic. Third, it discounts the skeptics who had good father figures growing up and alienates them from the conversation…
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