Believers and skeptics deconstructed
In my minimal definition of faith (assent to a proposition that is conceviably false) I pointed to some supporting texts including the calling of Abram in Hebrews 11.
Beetle replied that this is the “exact kind of belief-risk that separates the believer from the skeptic….”
Beetle seems to be proposing that it is meaningful to divide people into two groups, “believers” and “skeptics”. Apparently Beetle believes such a thing is true.
I, on the other hand, am skeptical.
Arguably my skepticism provides a case of pulling oneself up by one’s own bootstraps: the more skeptical I am, the more skeptical I am warranted in being because the very existence of that skepticism serves as a defeater for Beetle’s belief.
If you didn’t follow that, let me circle back and go over the same territory again. We’re all believers about some things and skeptics about others. Any simple categorization of people into two categories — believer and skeptic — is thus hopelessly, grossly over-simplified to the point of egregious distortion. It is so bad that George W. Bush’s infamous “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists” is a model of diplomatic nuance by comparison.