Sunday, June 21, 2009
Calvin's unique beverage stand will succeed only to the degree that folks buy into the false dilemma: Either you drink my brew, or you pay me $1.00. Of course, there is a third choice: just walk away. "The informal fallacy of false dilemma (also called false dichotomy, the either-or fallacy)," says Wikipedia, "involves a situation in which only two alternatives are considered, when in fact there are other options. Closely related are failing to consider a range of options and the tendency to think in extremes, called black-and-white thinking."
It seems just such a false dilemma has firmly entrenched itself in American Conservative Christianity. Only two choices are presented from many pulpits: Either we evolved and there is no God, or God created each species.
Posted by Cliff Martin at 4:10 PM