[Note: I was reading someone’s comments/profile and it made me think about the below stuff. I will not name the person whose comments/profile it was though, to be polite.]
When you educate yourself, you should mainly concern yourself with facts, and concern yourself little with opinions. Because if you study philosophy or theology and accept the ideas you learn as if they were facts, you will just muddle your mind and make it a mess.
I just got done responding to a guy who says he has a degree in philosophy and who can’t argue for shit and has to use all of these dishonest tactics and be deliberately vague etc. He would have been better off thinking up his own philosophy and learning how to think in the process than reading a dozen or even a hundred books on philosophy or theology.
Now I’m not saying exposing yourself to new ideas or learning about the history of human thought is bad, but it’s a lousy substitute for an honest day’s thinking. A philosopher should learn only enough philosophy here and there to keep them thinking. Lest you spend your days muttering about presuppositions and referring to other philosophers’ arguments rather than articulating your own.
Anyway, I went to this guy’s site because he sounded like he had a stick up his ass (“…I am not available to fully comment about the rest of your dictum; however, after my sporting event, I shall respond with further points.”) and so I was curious as to whether he was from another country, he sounded perhaps british. So I went to his profile and found the list of his favorite books:
Morrow Theology, Dogmatic Theology, Christian Philosophy, Van Til Apologetics, Always Ready, Resurrection of the Son of God, The People of God, Ethics, and Justification
Every one a religious book filled with religious opinions. Anyway, that got me thinking, because as an atheist, here is the list of books about atheism and why there is no god that I have read:
Nope, not one. I’ve never read a book by an atheist that talked about atheism in my life. But I have literally never met a religious person whose arguments I couldn’t neatly dismantle. Because I didn’t cheat and just adopt other peoples’ ideas and let my brain rot in my head.
Anyway, though it was worth a mention.