I am not here referring to circular logic or illogicality but to alogic which is not merely illogical, not logical, but simply lacking in logic. Furthermore, by alogic I am referring to an argument that is a very popular talking point of certain atheists. There are a plethora of alogical arguments that certain atheists consider devastating, cleaver or “unanswerable” because they are being made and uncritically repeated by atheist who are, apparently, engaging in well-within-the-box-groupthink.
I realize that this question can go in many different directions and so I want to focus on one.
Circular logic aka circular reasoning is “a use of reason in which the premises depends on or is equivalent to the conclusion, a method of false logic by which ‘this is used to prove that, and that is used to prove this.’”1
Philosopher and physician, Sextus Empiricus (c. 160-210 AD) noted,
Obviously, appealing to the "extraordinary" is a loophole-escape-clause.
No matter what evidence one may provide for, let us say Jesus, they mere have to say that it does not meet the self-serving standard of "extraordinary."
This is merely a baseless system whereby they attempt to make evidence for God simply impossible.
It appears that another one of those newspaper-blog-column wars ensued on June 2009 AD regarding atheism. Andy Birkey’s article Kersten’s back at the Strib… and riling up atheists is a one stop shop for the same, old, tired, and ubiquitously discredited atheist talking points.
Is it by chance that the oldest book of the Bible deals with the problem of evil and proposes precisely this solution?
The book of Job is thought to have been written 4,000 years ago. Thus, for at least 4,000 years this solution has been available and thus, the more popular the the problem of evil becomes the more those proposing it discredit themselves—a 4,000 years history of refutation is certainly devastating to one’s objections.
“Have you not read…?” This was a question that Jesus asked in order to emphasize that His, supposedly, scripturally savvy audience should have already known the answer to that which they were asking Him (see Matthew 22:31 and Mark 12:26).
While I am not certain when the problem of evil was first proposed, a few things are certain:
1. It remains a very popular aspect of the tool box of non-believers of various sorts.
2. It is likely that the problem was solved before it was ever proposed.