The doctrine that true knowledge or knowledge in a particular area is uncertain. It has doubt concerning basic religious principles (as immortality, providence, and revelation).
Points to Ponder:
- A good worldview must be logically consistent.
- If one begins with a false assumption, one's conclusion can only be false.
- Skepticism as a permanent attitude, a philosophical point of view, is deadly. Is subverts the reasoning process before it gets started, transforming it into a process of mis-reasoning.
- The extreme skeptic proclaims badly that there is no truth. This is a self refuting statement, for if there is no truth, there is no standard by which this claim can be assessed.
- The moderate skeptic is prepared to concede that truth may exist, but maintains that if it does, the human mind is incapable of attaining it. A truth that is merely theoretical and to which we do not have access is, for all practical purposes, non-existent.
- If truth is a fleeting sprite we can only chase but never catch, logic is not worth bothering about. For in that case human reasoning would amount to little more than an exercise in futility.
- How come the skeptic is not skeptical of his or her position?
- Is skepticism (as a worldview) logically consistent?
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