I’m sharing this letter because it relates to some others we have discussed here at the Forum and because it highlights a common fallacy.
A syllogism illustrates:
- A = B.
- B is wrong.
- Therefore A is wrong.
The logic here is perfect, except when A does not equal B.
The letter relies on a variation of the same syllogism:
- Christians believe in monsters (or monstrous things).
- It is ignorant to believe in monsters.
- Therefore Christians are ignorant.
I hate to see such things in print, because they are exclusionary and intolerant. Also, when it comes to Christianity and other religions, I have always found the question, “What is God?” to be far more interesting than the assumption that God is a monster.