Argumento da incredulidade (Talk.Origins)

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Este artigo (Argumento da incredulidade (Talk.Origins)) é uma resposta a uma réplica de uma reivindicação criacionista publicada pelo Talk.Origins Archive sob o título Index to Creationist Claims (Índice de Reivindicações Criacionistas).


Alegação CA100:

É inconcebível que (preencher o espaço em branco) poderia ter se originado naturalmente. Portanto, ele deve ter sido criado.
Esse argumento, também conhecido como argumento da ignorância ou "deus das lacunas", está implícito em muitos argumentos criacionistas diferentes. Em particular, ele está por trás de todos os argumentos contra a abiogênese e toda e qualquer alegação do design inteligente.


Resposta da CreationWiki:

Nenhuma fonte é dada para esta afirmação criacionista como citada pelo site evolucionista, Talk Origins. Isto em si deve despertar alarmes, já que a melhor maneira de se certificar de que o evolucionista retrata uma visão criacionista com precisão é ter uma fonte criacionista para se referir. Quando realmente olhamos para as afirmações criacionistas, podemos ver que essa representação do ponto de vista criacionista é uma grande simplificação da realidade.

Pode haver momentos em que os criacionistas dizem que algo é inacreditável ou inconcebível, mas normalmente, pelo menos em seus sites, eles dão boas razões. Se todo o argumento criacionista fosse simplesmente uma declaração sem suporte de incredulidade, a Talk Origins teria um bom ponto; dizer que algo é inacreditável sem dar uma razão não é um bom argumento. Mas o problema é que a Talk Origins simplifica demais; ela não aborda as razões da incredulidade.

A incredulidade é um argumento de ceticismo sobre um certo ponto de vista, e o evolucionista e o ateu não são inocentes de usar tal argumento. A incredulidade, dúvida e ceticismo sobre Deus e criação especial estão implícitos em todas as explicações naturalistas que eles tentam inventar sobre a abiogênese e muitas outras facetas de sua "teoria".

Over-used arguments that can be heard from evolutionists/atheists are:

  • how can a perfect deity create such a messed up world? (translation: it is inconceivable that a perfect deity could create such a messed up world, therefore, since evolution is a theory of messed-up, random natural forces and actions, it must be true)
  • how can (a certain part of a living organism, e.g., the human eye) be designed when it has this mistake or that problem? (translation: it is inconceivable that an intelligent divine designer could create that supposedly malfunctioning part of the living organism; therefore it must have been formed through random, unintelligent, natural forces, i.e. evolution)

All of these arguments could be accurately classed as arguments of incredulity. If no reason is given, any argument from incredulity is weak.

Incredulity is based on human experience and on what we actually know. For example, the belief in abiogenesis can be strongly doubted, one can be sceptical of it, because it has never been observed. What has been observed is biogenesis, life coming from life. What we know is that the complexity in the natural world of living organisms is similar to, in fact much greater than, the complexity of intelligently created devices, such as the clock or the computer. Talk Origins implies that incredulity is an unreasonable position, but it is in fact a foundation for all critical thought. Sensible people do not believe things without evidence. Consider the opposite, credulity; there is no context in which that is not a pejorative word! Considering what they are willing to believe, evolutionists, and Talk Origins in particular, can indeed be classed as credulous.

It is also quite proper for a person of one religion or philosophy to be sceptical of the beliefs of another one. The religion of naturalism, which is the basis of evolution, can properly be rejected by a biblical theist. The evolutionist system may be dominant in the world, but that says nothing about whether it is true. Many have looked at it and found it inadequate; they have found good reasons to be sceptical of it, especially since the account in Genesis better explains very many features of the natural world.


(citações da Talk.Origins em azul)

Really, the claim is "I can't conceive that (fill in the blank)." Others might be able to find a natural explanation; in many cases, they already have. Nobody knows everything, so it is unreasonable to conclude that something is impossible just because you do not know it. Even a noted antievolutionist acknowledges this point: "The peril of negative arguments is that they may rest on our lack of knowledge, rather than on positive results" (Behe 2003).

We are talking about evolution, a theory that tries to tell us what happened in an unseen, unobservable, unrepeatable past. The fact that someone invents a natural "explanation" for something that is unseen, unobserved — and hence unscientific — does not mean that that explanation has any basis in reality. Without supporting evidence, it is a mere suggestion, a speculation. The fact that someone can devise a natural explanation in the context of this "theory", which makes unscientific claims about a hidden past, says nothing about the truth, since, as the Talk Origins author said: "Nobody knows everything". There can easily be a better, supernatural explanation, even if the evolutionist cannot think of it at present. Remember the evolutionist motto: "We may not have a naturalistic explanation now, but in time we'll have one!". Just substitute the word "supernatural" for "naturalistic".

Remember the story of the emperor who had no clothes on. 1 Conmen had fooled him into thinking that he had bought a beautiful gown, which only the wise could see or feel. He believed that others could see it, though he himself could not. So he went out naked, deluded into thinking he had beautiful clothes on. Because everyone had swallowed the tale, they did not wish to appear foolish so they pretended they too could see his "wonderful clothes". One young boy did not worry about appearing foolish and said, "The emperor has no clothes on!" That boy did not have to resort to clever arguments to convince people; as soon as he said it, everyone acknowledged the truth and realised that they had been conned.

Similarly with evolution, all we need to say is that it is just a religious philosophical framework unsupported by evidence. We do not have to devise another naturalistic theory to replace it! And we can say that some proposed natural explanation is garbage without having to give an alternative one. We argue from what we know, that clothes are visible, that probability is a valid discipline, to determine that naturalistic theories are contrary to all our experience and are therefore indeed incredible — the emperor has no clothes!

The argument from incredulity creates a god of the gaps. Gods were responsible for lightning until we determined natural causes for lightning, for infectious diseases until we found bacteria and viruses, for mental illness until we found biochemical causes for them. God is confined only to those parts of the universe we do not know about, and that keeps shrinking.

The Talk Origins author completely misunderstands the concepts of the creation model and of science itself. Firstly, he is talking about normal science, the science that deals with the present, with the observable, with what already exists. Evolution is not this kind of science, since it deals with a hidden past, outside human experience, that science cannot investigate. Real science can help us understand how the natural world operates now. Evolution has no useful insights to offer, rather the contrary 2.

Secondly, the author misunderstands God's role in the universe. The regularity of the universe, that enables science to operate, is the result of God's faithfulness and consistency. We are intended to investigate and try to understand his ways. When we discover the natural mechanisms that cause lightning, God does not stop using them. When we discover the causes of diseases and their cures, God does not change his ways. There are no gaps, except in our understanding of God's world and of all that he has done.


Ligações externas

  1. The Emperor Has No Clothes On
  2. Back problems: how Darwinism misled researchers