Textbook lumps Scripture in the Category of Superstition
In a chapter called, Science and Superstition, (Hurley, Logic) the author continues in his path of presenting a false dichotomy. “Science” vs. Religion, is equaled to Plato’s distinction between Knowledge and opinion. All through the book, however Mr. Hurley “hurls” rocks against Scripture which continually fall under his own category of fallacious logic, such as, ” the strawman argument”. The person using a “strawman” argument, deliberately misinterprets or falsely presents his opponents argument or defines the argument in such a way that he can easily demolish it. But in fact the definition is either inaccurate or incomplete, and therefore false.
The first way Hurley does this is by lumping observational science and non-observational science into one boat. Theories about how life came to exist and on how old the earth is or how the universe was formed are not observational science. Life is not forming from dead matter anywhere today, and we can’t go back in time and watch the earth form from stardust or whatever theory is being presented.
Since he continually confuses operational science with origins or non- observable science, while at the same time insisting that anything that can’t be tested empirically or by observable experiment is in the category of superstition, then he is presenting both strawman and false dichotomy logical fallacies. And this in a first year Logic Class.
And since his preferred theory of evolution of life from dead matter is something that not only hasn’t been observed but would contravene the first law of biology, the law of biogenesis, and the second law of thermal dynamics, and since he places this theory in the category of science, it would appear by his own reasoning that “Science” belongs in the category of “Superstition”.
And I’m only a woodcutter. As I hope to show, this typical secular college textbook is not a book on logic, it is an attack on any non-atheist world view, and a practice in indoctrination, not logic. In the next post we look at how this textbook author uses these fallacious arguments and others to directly attack Christianity, largely by using false logic and bad argument against the Judeo/Christian Scriptures.
Hurley, A concise introduction to logic, ninth edition, Thompson and Wadsworth, 9.6, pp. 544, 555