Here are great questions, that need careful consideration:
I was trying to rephrase my original question, which was, "Why does A.Sphere have to be absolutely certain about anything? Why does anyone, for that matter?
First, you don't have to be certain about anything. This is the beauty of your freewill. You can doubt everything. In fact, you can be so goofed up in your philosophy that you can be absolutely certain
that you can doubt everything.
However, if someone is speaking like this above. Is that an example of true reason or is it more correctly illogical?
See, nobody is going to make anyone logically consistent. You can fall prey to all kinds of mental tricks if you aren't aware of the implications as you're doing it. This is the ugliness of deception and Christians, with unrenewed minds, aren't immune to this either.
There are people who pride themselves in being rational and reasonable and are neither, like Richard Dawkins. Even some more educated atheists find his arguments embarrassing and with good cause.
Why is this absolute certainty so important to you and Adam777?"
Here is why this discussion is so important:
Judy, ever since you and I have been engaging in this debate I've been introduced to the more unusual variety of atheist/agnostic. People who were pastors, elders, and others who claimed to once be Christians. By name this would include:Michael Shermer
...and there are a bunch of people at freeratio.org that have similar stories, including you.
What do I recognize that these people were convinced of? Well, it's interesting really, because what they were convinced of didn't have to do so much with hard facts or a superior belief system, they were convinced that true integrity meant doubting everything.
How do I know this is so?...
Well, one short glance at a cross-section of atheists shows quickly that you don't agree on much of anything because there is no foundation just doubt. Except, bashing on Christianity and lifting up Darwin. Even these concepts can be doubted because doubt is the ruler over the skeptic.
I believe skepticism is a valuable tool but it makes a lousy foundation. De_skudd's signature sums up the skeptics dilemma:"If we want to be intellectually honest skeptics, we must be as skeptical about our skepticism as we are about our knowledge."
Many ex-doubters make great Christians not because they're trophies, but because their experience with unbridled doubt makes them hold on to Jesus tight with both arms. We have a living breathing example right here in de_skudd.
Others that come to mind, are individuals who's thoughts that I've been showcasing: William Lane Craig, Alister McGrath, G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis aren't just 'trophies for the cause' but constitute some of the most steadfast and logical variety of believer because they know exactly what it feels like to be falling down the endless black-hole of doubt and they were saved from it.
On the other hand, when I consider the odd perspective of atheists who were once Christians it is self-evident that consistency and efforts to truly represent what they oppose are far from a prerequisite. In fact if they can showcase the most unusual beliefs as mainstream Christianity, they will. Sometimes I think the speech of high profile atheists isn't as concerned with getting converts as they are with strengthening the faith of people who are already atheists.
So there is a high level of contradiction at the base of atheism/agnosticism. I know that not all Christians are logically consistent but here is the rub:
A Christian who is Illogical is so on peripheral issues. Their core is sound and as long as they rely on God's Word and the Blood of Christ, they have the foundation with which to correct bad thinking which also results in right behavior. Your beliefs govern who you are. This is why we're told to renew our minds. The Christians who are week or maybe Christians in name only are that way because they ignore the concept of having their minds renewed and instead just try to 'act right'.
On the other hand, the foundation of atheism/agnosticism is no foundation. contradiction #1. The rule of the day is; be skeptical about everything, except skepticism. contradiction #2. The only thing we're sure about, is we can't be sure. contradiction #3. and on and on...
These aren't peripheral to the mind of the eternal skeptic, it's the staple of the day. The Bible warns us to look out for this...
8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
If the skeptic's philosophy doesn't lay bare under the light of this scripture, I don't know what does.