Advice from Chesterton: Don’t Take Down the Fence until You Know Why It’s There – Stand to Reason Blog

Some sound advice from G.K. Chesterton:

In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.”

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11 silly things that some atheists say. | Historical Jesus studies.

Some deny that atheism is a belief.
By common sense, and the ability to just see with your own two eyes, this statement is refuted. I walk into the bookstore and head to my favourite sections: religion, atheism, philosophy. I will see a pile of atheist books, oh but wait! These books are nothing, according to some atheists, but some author’s writing on the “lack of a belief” in God. That doesn’t make sense, I wouldn’t write a book on my “lack of belief” in unicorns, I write a book because I believe unicorns don’t exist, and I provide arguments to back that up.

It is also obvious that in these atheist books, and in their debates, they make arguments that they “believe” (big emphasis) prove that God does not exist, or that he likely does not exist.

It’s kind of like saying I don’t have any beliefs myself even though I believe your belief is wrong. It falls foul to the law of self-contradiction.

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Always desire to learn something useful.

Always desire to learn something useful.

–Sophocles

Our brains are sort of like muscles. I don’t care how well you worked out in the past if you quit working out you will eventually become just as weak as someone who has never worked out. It is the same with our minds. It is possible to be top of your class, and a few short years later be as dumb as the people that you used to make fun of. Three times a week or more you need to put down the remote control and do something that will take your mind to new heights.