Theist: You say there is no God.Yesterday he searched the internet and found a post by someone named "Robin" who had responded by saying that evolution is supported by evidence [Given Materialism, What Reason Do We Have to Trust Ourselves?].
Evolutionary Materialist [EM]: Yes.
Theist: Yet belief in God among many (if not most) humans persists.
EM: I cannot deny that.
Theist: How do you explain that?
EM: Religious belief is an evolutionary adaption.
Theist: But you say religious belief is false.
EM: That’s correct.
Theist: Let me get this straight. According to you, religious belief has at least two characterizes: (1) it is false; and (2) evolution selected for it.
EM [looking a little pale now, because he’s just figured out where this is going]: Correct.
Theist: You believe the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis [NDS] is true.
EM: Of course.
Theist: How do you know your belief in NDS is not another false belief that evolution has selected for?
Our materialist friends are invited to fill in the blank.
I think you will find it amusing to see how Arrington deals with this answer. Here's his conclusion.
Reductive materialist Darwinism is irrational, because it is self-referentially incoherent. It affirms at one and the same time two mutually exclusive propositions: (1) A belief in reductive materialist Darwinism is a true belief; and (2) There is no way to rule out whether in any given case reductive materialist Darwinism has selected for a false belief.Here's the challenge for Sandwalk readers. Almost every one of you is smarter than the typical IDiot. How long does it take you to recognize the fatal flaw(s) in the logic of Barry Arrington's argument? (Give your answer in seconds. Fractions of a second don't count. For me it took about 5 seconds to find the first fatal flaw, but, since I'm old, my mind works slower than it used to.)
So, Robin, the next time you call someone a “wanker” after you think you have just defeated their argument, you might want to find a person smarter than you (that shouldn’t be hard) and check with them to make sure you understand the question, much less the answer to the question.