1. While I largely agree with you that the reasons people hold beliefs which contradict our current understanding of reality whether it be religion, conspiracy theories or alternative medicine are emotional and cultural reasons not intellectual ones and arguing based on facts is often fruitless and frustrating, it is so often the believers that jump to the god of the gaps fallacy to express their beliefs and to attack science and knowledge and to try and get their particular belief special treatment in society and under the law just look and the endless “irreducible complexity” arguments that creationists use to try and force their beliefs into education systems so I think it remains important to be able to counter that kind of argument but it isn’t one that I would lead with.

    Unfortunately this leaves us with the same question how do you move people away from emotionally lead beliefs that are harmful to themselves and society? I think this is something we cannot leave for people to arrive at unaided as the structures and communities around these beliefs are often deliberately and expertly set up to prevent their members encountering or considering any alternative view.

  2. So it seems that those religious apologists are using TGOTG argument in exactly the way that Drummond, Bonhoeffer and Coulson cautioned against (see Wikipedia article linked above). Perhaps directing these people to the source of the term wouldn’t change their minds, but may cause them to question their use of that line of argument.

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