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How to rebut Bible and Holy Spirit?

Juris
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8/27/2014 12:18:17 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
I have a theist friend who keeps using the Bible and Holy Spirit as evidence for the existence of God.
Here is the conversation:

Him: The Bible is the best evidence that God exists.
Me: Isn't true that Bible was just written by men?
Him: Yes, but those men were guided and chosen by God.
Me: How can you prove that they're chosen by God?
Him: because of the Holy Spirit.
Me: where is the proof of holy spirit?
Him: we cannot see it, it's intangible.
JohnMaynardKeynes
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8/27/2014 12:24:54 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/27/2014 12:18:17 AM, Juris wrote:
I have a theist friend who keeps using the Bible and Holy Spirit as evidence for the existence of God.
Here is the conversation:

Him: The Bible is the best evidence that God exists.
Me: Isn't true that Bible was just written by men?
Him: Yes, but those men were guided and chosen by God.
Me: How can you prove that they're chosen by God?
Him: because of the Holy Spirit.
Me: where is the proof of holy spirit?
Him: we cannot see it, it's intangible.

Your friend is using circular logic, known more formally as a begging-the-question fallacy. The argument would normally take the form of "X, so X." In this case, the argument is "God exists because it says it in the Bible, and the Bible is correct because it presupposes God." Both conclusions presuppose the validity of the other as a premise, but if other premise is proven untrue, the entire thesis falls apart.
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