Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Deconstructing the "God is an elephant" argument


I heard a stimulating talk today at UniBible talks today, "Aren't all religions the same?"

One issue that the speaker, Andrew Brown discussed, was the common argument by analogy about the Indian story about the six blind men who come across an elephant who all by touch develop their own "truth" about what the elephant is.

Andrew (following Lesslie Newbigin and Tim Keller as described here) that its requires a certain arrogance to assert that all followers of religion are "blind" and that one has the "vision" to see the true "reality" of the "elephant", i.e, God.

Further problems with the argument are discussed in this post at everystudent.com

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