In the first paragraph of his book Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton (who’s other book Heretics I am currently writing a review of, which should be posted this weekend), explained that he wrote the book as “an answer to a challenge,” which challenge “was perhaps an incautious suggestion to make to a person only too ready to write books upon the feeblest provocation.” Well, I am no G. K. Chesterton, and I do not yet have the means to write actual books, but in the same vein I will say that I am only too ready to write papers upon the feeblest provocation, which provocation was indeed delivered in response to my brief previous article on the logical fallacies one Anthony Buzzard happened to make in a conversation which took place on twitter.
It was, in retrospect, perhaps too forceful of me to make the main point of my previous article an accusation of logical fallacy. For while I maintain that Buzzard’s argument did indeed contain the fallacies, that is not the real issue. The real issue is the question behind the argument: did God die when Jesus died? Continue reading