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Chronological Snobbery

Chronological snobbery, a term coined by friends C. S. Lewis and Owen Barfield, is a logical argument (and usually when thus termed, considered an outright fallacy) describing the erroneous argument that the thinking, art, or science of an earlier time is inherently inferior when compared to that of the present.
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Pattern

The form of the chronological snobbery fallacy can be expressed as follows:
It is argued that A implies B.A implies B is an old argument, dating back to the times when people also believed C.C is clearly false.Therefore, A does not imply B.Source: Wikipedia
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Examples of chronological snobbery used against Christianity:
1. The Bible is an old book, and so is outdated and not applicable for modern society.
I once heard this classic answer to this: The sun is very old as well, but its light and heat is still fresh every morning. And, someone else replied, "What about oxygen? I…

The Logic of Faith-Life

"building yourselves up on your most holy faith"  Jude 20

In Galatians 3, Paul asks the Galatians how it had happened that they had begun in faith, in the Spirit, but now had been bewitched to end up in the flesh. These believers had not been careful to continue in their faith. Their life had failed to logically relate to their original faith.

Historically, the Crusades and the Inquisitions were examples of the Church failing in the logic of Faith. In the personal Christian life, when the believer fails to derive his principles of practice from the originality of Gospel faith, his faith-life has run a shipwreck.



It's like the Christian in Bunyan's Pilgrim Progress who is detracted from the path of the Cross by the Worldly Wiseman.

In the case of the Galatians, it was the Judaizers who tried to introduce Jewish rituals and rites as mandatory into the Church.

If we have begun our Christian life in faith, we can only grow if we keep ourselves in that faith. If we have b…

Two Kinds of Faith

The Bible talks of two kinds of faith: the common and the personal.

1. Common Faith. It is the faith that is declared by God for all people generally. It is the general truth of God's revelation that can never be changed at any cost. It applies to everyone regardless of place or time. It is our common faith. (Titus 1:4, Jude 1:3). It comprises the basic doctrines and tenets of the Christian faith that are essential to the identity of being Christian. The core of this faith is belief in salvation through the atoning work of Jesus Christ.

2. Personal Faith. It is the faith that is specific to a person and may not apply to someone else' temperament, mind-set, or context. For instance, in Romans 14, Paul talks about someone's faith that is not offended by eating meat, while someone else' faith that is offended by the same. In such contexts, Paul urges we do not become judgmental of someone else' "weakness" of faith, but avoid things that may offend a fellow-bro…

Not by sight

What contradictions now beset the temperament of silence,
Paths appear and disappear;
I'll walk by faith, not by sight
And believe when this blindfold is opened, I'll behold Your heaven.
Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.  (Psa 62:1)

My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.  (Psa 62:5)

What is Truth? What is Reality?

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From Epistemics of Divine Reality ©, 2007, p.33

Epistemology is related to knowledge while Ontology is related to reality. Epistemology seeks to understand the nature, sources, and scope of knowledge; Ontology, to understand the nature of reality. Epistemology deals with the meaning of Truth; Ontology deals with the meaning of reality. True or false is predicated of statements only. Real or unreal is predicated of existence. Therefore, logic and semantics are important issues in the study of truth. Truth is mental; reality is essential. Truth is dependent on reality; reality is independent of truth. Truth is usually contextual. There are different kinds of truths that are truthful only within their contexts. For instance, there are poetical truths expressed in statements that would appear total falsehood in any other linguistic context or genre.  Truth is that which is known about reality. As such, therefore, truth, in common experience, is substantial.[1]

[1] Some mystics would claim t…