Quotes and memes. Nothing has done more to expose shallow thinking by Christians in the internet age. Those who supposedly bear the name of Christ think little or not at all when they post and share witticisms on their social media pages.
Those who follow the one who called himself The Truth, unwittingly commend quotes from atheists, pantheists and charlatans because they sound cute. It is time that we commit ourselves to thinking in a thoroughly Christian manner. Currently we are more often guilty of having our ears tickled as our minds become numb to error.
I plan on identifying some of these in hopes that believers will think like Christians. Besides quoting from those who are hostile to Jesus and the truth, we commit logical fallacies in some of these posts. A logical fallacy is an error of thinking. Many of the fallacies I notice err in taking two different statements and misunderstanding the connection between the two.
The motivation behind this misunderstanding may be that we attempt to elevate some line of thinking by presenting it akin to something much worse. For example, if I say that I am guilty of dishonesty, stealing, pride and gluttony, I can make light of those vices by adding a point of comparison. “But I’ve never killed anybody” makes those other sins seem pale by comparison.
Or a murderer could declare that at least he is no John Wayne Gacy. In fact, when somebody begins a statement with “At least I don’t…”, you are probably getting ready to hear a fallacy of logic that minimizes that person’s guilt.
Look for my first post in which I use an actual internet quote as an example. See these past articles on other fallacies we too often commit.