Why Religion Can Be Criticized Not Only By The Religious

It is sometimes argued that only the religious could really comprehend religion and that, therefore, the irreligious ought to abstain from criticizing religion or religious beliefs. In other words, a peculiar worldview can only be fully understood from within and should thus be criticized only from within.

This argument can easily be refuted by a reductio ad absurdum. If it were true that peculiar worldviews could only be comprehended by those supporting them, respectively, and ought to be criticized only by them, then it would follow that fascism could only be fully understood by fascists, that communism could only be fully understood by communists, that conservatism could only be fully understood by conservatives, and so forth, so that everyone who is not a fascist ought to abstain from criticizing fascism, everyone who is not a communist ought to abstain from criticizing communism, everyone who is not a conservative ought to abstain from criticizing conservatism, and so on – which would be absurd (I call this the ‘first-person knowledge requirement fallacy’); quod erat demonstrandum.

Views: 31

Comment

You need to be a member of Think Atheist to add comments!

Join Think Atheist

Forum

A fun philosophy thought experiment

Started by Davis Goodman in Small Talk. Last reply by Davis Goodman 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

God's miracle

Started by proudAthiest in Small Talk. Last reply by TJ 16 hours ago. 5 Replies

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Started by Unseen in Philosophy. Last reply by Unseen 13 hours ago. 37 Replies

Hello fellow atheists :)

Started by browneyedgirl815 in Welcome to Think Atheist. Last reply by Gregg RThomas yesterday. 14 Replies

Events

Blog Posts

An Election & Corruption

Posted by Noon Alif on December 5, 2016 at 7:37pm 3 Comments

Pisces - the fishes

Posted by Brad Snowder on December 3, 2016 at 2:07pm 1 Comment

Services we love!

© 2016   Created by umar.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service