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"Delight Yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your judgment as the noonday.  
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;..." Ps 37:4-7a

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S is for Self-Refutation


Self-refutation – Self-refuting statements are those that basically deny themselves. They are self-contradictory in their very nature.

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In his article “Four Self-Refuting Statements Heard on College CampusesAcross America,” J. Warner Wallace gives this example:  “It’s intolerant to presume that your view is better than someone else’s’” / “Tolerance requires us to accept all views equally” and follows with this explanation:  An even more hidden self-refuting statement lurks here in this common errant definition of tolerance. Folks who hold to this corrupted view say they accept all views as equally true. But if you make the claim that some ideas are patently false and have less value than others, they will quickly reject your statement. In other words, they will accept any view as equally valuable except your claim that some views are not equally valuable. See the inconsistency? People who embrace this definition of tolerance cannot consistently implement their own view of tolerance.

Matt Slick in his article, “Refuting Relativism” gives this example, “There are no absolute truths.” And this explanation:  The statement "There are no absolute truths" is an absolute statement which is supposed to be true.   Therefore, it is an absolute truth and "There are no absolute truths" is false.

John Frame in his article, “Self-Refuting Statements,” lists a number of examples including this one:  Logical contradictions, such as “Socrates is mortal and Socrates is not mortal.” If the two occurrences of mortal in this sentence are predicated of Socrates at the same time and in the same respect, then the sentence cannot be true. The first clause refutes the second, and vice versa. 

Glen Smith on his blog, Thomistic Bent, gives a great list of self-refuting statements including this one:  I’m not saying a word.”

If you would like to examine some self-refuting elements in various world views check out:  Ten Arguments from Self-refutingworldviews at  the blog, 101 Arguments.

Can you think of any self-refuting statements that you may use or have heard?

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22 comments:

  1. I so agree that those who yell about tolerance the loudest seem to struggle with always being tolerant. I can't think of any other self-refuting statements myself.

    TaMara
    One of AJ's AtoZ wHooligans
    Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

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    1. It is common to find people living incongruously with what they say. Thanks for stopping by,TaMara. God bless, Maria

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  2. That first part is so ironic. Agree with TaMara. Those people are a contradiction.

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    1. Agree that those who speak of tolerance are often most intolerant. God bless, Maria

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  3. Whoa...get me some paracetamol please. ;-)

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    1. Hahaha. Yes, go for that bottle of tylenol. God bless, Maria

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  4. lol, love that sign :) Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

    Finley Jayne
    http://finleyjaynesbookshelves.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yeah, I think the sign speaks volumes. God bless, Maria

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  5. "I'm not saying a word," is a good one! What's up with those signs in the first picture? Confusing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sherry. The signs are confusing because they are self-refuting. Self-refuting ideas are often confusing as well. God bless, Maria

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  6. I love the "There are no absolute truths." It's so ironic. I've used "I'm not going to say a word" many, many times. :)

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    1. Yes. We often don't realize what we are saying that is self-refuting.

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  7. Great sign to prove a point. Here in Southern California, folks cry for inclusion only to separate in groups of their own making. Maybe that's to be expected to a point, but it's also pretty ironic.
    Silvia @
    SilviaWrites

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    1. I think that's a problem all over. As we hang with what we are comfortable, yet decry those who do the same. We scream for a more inclusive society while we exclude those who are most exhibiting the qualities of inclusion. Yes, it is ironic. Thanks for stopping by Silvia. God bless, Maria

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  8. Great post Maria thank you. I will check out the links at some later stage. I love the examples of self-refutation you include. Here In South Africa, our politicians contradict themselves daily - but don't get me started. On tolerance, tolerate, tolerable, tolerant - there's a nuance of difference in all those words.. I couldn't bear to be 'tolerated' ..
    Garden of Eden Blog

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    1. Ooh. That's good, Susan. You are so right about not wanting to be 'tolerated'. Shows how words can be used so differently. Thanks for your perspective and the glimpse into South Africa. God bless, Maria

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  9. Thanks, Maria. This is an interesting, thought provoking post! I've enjoyed reading it.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Sharon. God bless, Maria

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  10. I have enjoyed reading through your posts, this one has been very thought provoking. I look forward to reading more on your blog.

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    1. Hi Kelly, Thank you. And I appreciate you stopping by. God bless, Maria

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  11. Very interesting post! No doubt I will see or hear a few self-refuting thoughts in the next week now after reading this. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Come and visit anytime. I'll be back to read more from you.
    Mary from The View from my World

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    1. Enjoy the visits thought the A to Z challenge. I come across so many places I am glad I discovered. Thanks for returning the visit. God bless, Maria

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