Idola Fori Fallacies

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Using the discoveries of Sir Francis Bacon, let’s shed light on a few of the many ways thinkers lose touch with reality and how those ways work together to create extremely deceptive illusions. Sir Francis Bacon categorized all fallacies under four headings: idola tribus, idola theatri, idola fori, and idola specus. We know of only one way to avoid losing touch with reality, and this way is focusing on Jesus Christ, the Truth, the Reality.

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Idola Fori Fallacies

Humans use names to confuse reality with make-believe. Two types of idola fori exist.

Type 1 Idola Fori: Giving names to things that don’t exist.

Examples of names given to things no one has ever observed:

  • big bang
  • dark matter
  • dark energy
  • evolution [meaning amoeba morphing into humans through a series of steps]
  • abiogenesis
  • claims of a 4.7-billion-year age of the earth
  • naturalism
  • materialism

“The spacetime singularities lying at cores of black holes are among the known (or presumed) objects in the Universe about which the most profound mysteries remain and which our present-day theories are powerless to describe” ~ Roger Penrose, The Road To Reality

That quote from Roger Penrose demonstrates the fallacy of giving names to things that don’t exist. No one has ever seen a singularity. Singularities are fictional. This method of giving names to things that don’t exist is very clever and tricky. The way the human mind processes language, naming something that doesn’t exist results in the human mind forming a concept of the non-existent entity just to process the thought. In other words, the mind creates the non-existent entity, so it now exists in the human mind. Idola fori is a hypnotic technique, but we don’t realize that the persuaders are hypnotizing us.

Henry Norman wrote a definition of what scientists have been calling “singularities.” Singularities are examples of idola fori. Here’s what Henry said:

“In the context of cosmology, a ‘singularity’ is a place in an equation where the result is unbounded or undefined. Consider the two cases, (1) The ‘big bang’ and (2) A ‘Black Hole,’ both of which are conjectured to host a point of zero volume at the core (center of gravity), where all (most of?) its mass is concentrated. In the density equation:

density = mass / volume

A ‘singularity’ appears when the ‘volume’ of these ‘objects’ goes to 0 (or by extrapolation ‘backwards in time’ of our apparently expanding Universe, when time comes to zero (at the ‘big bang’)), causing division by zero, a mathematical operation which is not defined in algebra or arithmetic. Media, and popular science, have successfully turned these mathematical abstractions (singularities) into physical objects, by using statements like

‘a singularity resides at the core of all black holes,’

‘a primordial singularity, a zero-volume point of infinite density and temperature and with enormous mass, appeared out of nowhere some 14 billion years ago, and rapidly expanded to become our Universe the Big Bang!’

Thus confusing a mathematical error with a conjectured object: In known physics, it is simply not possible to squeeze any amount of matter into ‘zero volume’ (if nothing else, witness the Pauli Exclusion Principle atoms (baryons) occupy a tiny but measurable volume and cannot be squeezed arbitrarily close together). We also see statements like ‘the big bang singularity is a point of zero volume, but very high mass, which makes the density infinite. This singularity contained all of the matter and energy in the Universe,’ which is amusing. The commonly assumed but incorrect definition ‘m/0 = ∞’ is used only in ‘Real Projective Line’ or ‘Riemann Sphere’ sets in calculus. Nevertheless bowing to ‘the experts’ in the following I use the term ‘singularity’ (always within quotation marks (and under protest!))”

Henry Noman realized that the word “singularity” is something that makes no sense. And yet, it seems almost real since it has a name.

When a persuader makes a name for something, thinkers imagine the named thing exists even if it doesn’t exist. They mistake the named thing for part of reality even if it isn’t.

So we have a non-existent thing. A persuader gives it a name. Let’s use the example of “molecules-to-humanity evolution” as a named thing. The more persuaders define and adorn molecules-to-humanity evolution with fabricated details, the more real it seems. The persuaded people don’t realize it’s just a fabrication that persuaders made up because it must be real if it has a name. And to further enhance the illusion, persuaders often falsely connect these names to words like “science,” “evidence,” or “observation.” However, real science, evidence, and observation don’t prove the existence of nonexistent things. As a result, persuaded people add unreality to their worldviews and unreality begins to seem real.

Type 2 Idola Fori: Names are given to things that exist but are poorly defined.

Examples of poorly defined names:

  • science
  • evidence
  • reason
  • faith
  • Christian

Persuaders may apply names to things that don’t fit the meaning of the name. For instance, we could define “science” as dogmatic sacred cow beliefs based on assumptions, concepts, ideas, abstractions, and made-up stories. We could define “evidence” as assumption-based interpretations of observations. We could define “reason” as rationalizations based on logical fallacies. We could define “faith” as a conceptual mental exercise. We could define “Christian” as people who don’t know Christ and don’t intend to submit to Him. Ungodly people sometimes call a Christ-follower “a religious person.” They also call a person who does rituals but doesn’t know Christ “a religious person.” They might define “religion” as listening to Christ and yielding to Him. Then they define “religion” as doing activities that have nothing to do with the Spirit of Christ.

Ken Ham mentioned this fallacy [idola fori], and although he didn’t mention it by name, he gave an example.

“And here’s another problem that we’ve got. Not only has the word “science” been hijacked by secularists, I believe the word “evolution” has been hijacked by secularists. The word, ‘evolution,’ has been hijacked using what I call a bait and switch. Let me explain to you. The word ‘evolution’ is being used in public school textbooks, and we often see it in documentaries and so on. It’s used for observable changes which we would agree with, and then used for unobservable changes such as molecules-to-man.” ~ Ken Ham

A word like “science” can be deceptive if it’s defined too broadly because it keeps us from seeing the differences between distinct things. “Science” could mean made-up sacred-cow stories, or it could mean arbitrary assumptions. It could mean traditions, guessing, or a group-held paradigm. It could even mean experimentation, testing, and observation. Bill Nye gave science a broad definition that includes all of these. As a result, we don’t know what Bill means when he uses the word “science,” since “science” could be reality, make-believe, or anything between the two.

Evolutionists commit a similar fallacy when they define “evolution” as change over time, which implies that there’s no difference between observed changes and imagined changes. This definition is too broad because, with this definition, the word “evolution” can mean two different things. Is “evolution” the changes we can observe from generation to generation? Or is “evolution” a fanciful story about gradual changes happening over millions of years? The second definition would require complete coded information systems that create useful functions popping into existence one after another. Coded information has never been observed forming on its own. Coded information systems would include new coded information, but they would also include the mechanisms to execute the code and maintain the code. A story about even one such event is extremely fanciful, but a story about this happening repeatedly over millions of years is insane. Evolutionists use the same word for observation on the one hand and make-believe on the other. Persuaders create the same type of confusion using the word “science.” Is “science” testing and observation? Or is “science” make-believe?

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Idola Theatri Fallacy

<quote from Real Faith & Reason, vol 2>
Using the discoveries of Sir Francis Bacon, let’s shed light on a few of the many ways thinkers lose touch with reality and how those ways work together to create extremely deceptive illusions. Sir Francis Bacon categorized all fallacies under four headings: idola tribus, idola theatri, idola fori, and idola specus. We know of only one way to avoid losing touch with reality, and this way is focusing on Jesus Christ, the Truth, the Reality.
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Idola Theatri Fallacy
 
Concepts enter the mind through various sources and seem like reality.
 
Movies, TV dramas, and cartoons are three methods of implanting concepts through storytelling, which automatically creates a trance state. This trance state bypasses our inner filters and changes our worldviews because it reduces our natural human resistance to change. Reality blends with make-believe in a trance. In this state, persuaders implant lies into our worldviews. With any story, even novels, we need to remember that the author is working to influence us and change our worldviews. The author wants to persuade us, and the point of this persuasion is called the theme of the story. Often, multiple themes work together. TV drama is the most powerful mind-molding method known because of the number of people that it reaches and the number of hours that people spend absorbing the ideas. TV dramas also use music as part of their ability to draw us in. Music comes right behind storytelling in its ability to influence, but on another level.
 
“Do you not know that when you offer yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves to the one you obey, whether you are slaves to sin leading to death, or to obedience leading to righteousness?” ~ Romans 6:16 Berean Study Bible
 
Whenever we watch a show, we offer ourselves to the show in obedience. We sit willingly to watch the show.
 
Of course, a trance isn’t necessary to change a worldview, but rather, people build their worldviews from several sources. In children, these sources include the influence of parents, teachers, other children, video games, and animated cartoons. In adults, more sources become available. For instance, adults receive the impact of novels, non-fiction books, news media, or comedians. We can also allow classes, friends, museums, and many other powerful persuaders to brainwash us.
 
This confusion gets worse when several communication systems repeat the same propaganda message. These communication systems include textbooks, schools, universities, news broadcasts, social media, museums, parks, zoos, and entertainment.
 
Persuaders often state the concepts that they push in assumptive language.
 
It’s as if a single false prophet speaks with a single voice through all these sources, secretly inserting concepts into the worldviews of unsuspecting people. It’s a false-prophet-pseudo-education-pseudo-news-pseudo-analysis-pseudo-entertainment cabal.
 
Even now, teachers of evolutionism are trying to find ways to make their stories seem more like reality by working on new more convincing presentations. Yes, they’re using tax money taken from Christian taxpayers to develop methods to deceive those Christian taxpayer’s children.
 
With all of the many ways of programming us, if we yield ourselves to them and willingly allow them to brainwash us, we become slaves of those who indoctrinate us.
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Idola Tribus Fallacy

<quote from Real Faith & Reason, vol 2>

Using the discoveries of Sir Francis Bacon, let’s shed light on a few of the many ways thinkers lose touch with reality and how those ways work together to create extremely deceptive illusions. Sir Francis Bacon categorized all fallacies under four headings: idola tribus, idola theatri, idola fori, and idola specus. We know of only one way to avoid losing touch with reality, and this way is focusing on Jesus Christ, the Truth, the Reality.

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Idola Tribus Fallacy

The inner worldview, the desires of the innermost mind, the dullness and deception of the senses, and the interpretations of impressions become lenses that distort reality.

Worldviews are lenses that distort reality by acting as filters, and these filters add to reality and subtract from reality. This distortion and filtering controls our interpretations whenever we observe or experience reality:

  • Dullness and deception of the senses limit the impression.
  • The desires of the innermost mind create bias.
  • Bias acts as a powerful filter that adds to impressions and diminishes impressions.
  • This filtration process directs the interpretation.
  • The interpretation confirms the bias and fortifies the worldview.

The idola tribus fallacy involves many problems working together to deceive us all. Our senses aren’t perfect. We each have a worldview, and our worldviews deceive us, plus we each have desires, and our inner desires deceive us. It could happen to any one of us, so we could find ourselves out of touch with reality due to the idola tribus fallacy.

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One Way

<quote from Real Faith & Reason, vol 2>

Using the discoveries of Sir Francis Bacon, let’s shed light on a few of the many ways thinkers lose touch with reality and how those ways work together to create extremely deceptive illusions. Sir Francis Bacon categorized all fallacies under four headings: idola tribus, idola theatri, idola fori, and idola specus. We know of only one way to avoid losing touch with reality, and this way is focusing on Jesus Christ, the Truth, the Reality.

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Concepts Are NOT Part of Reality

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Let’s look at this simple difference between concept and reality. Concepts are chains of thought based on a mix of the following elements:
 
observation (optional)
revelation (optional)
making up stuff (required)
 
Since we always put some made-up stuff into our concepts, the made-up stuff is what makes a concept a concept. A chain of thought is as strong as its weakest link, so concepts aren’t substance.
 
Concepts come in two basic flavors:
 
human interpretations of what exists
human imagination totally outside of what exists
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Everyone Loses Touch with Reality Sometimes

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Everyone loses touch sometimes. We think something is true, and then we find out that it’s false, or we think something is false, and then we find out that it’s true. Insanity happens two ways. We might think that something real is a concept or made-up stuff, which is the fallacy of anti-concreteness. We might think that made-up stuff or a concept is real, which is the fallacy of hypostatization. Anti-concreteness treats substance as made-up stuff. What we objectively observe is substance. Our interpretation of what we observe is made-up stuff. Divine revelation is substance, but our interpretation of revelation is made-up stuff. Faith is substance. God is substance. Jesus Christ is substance. The Creation event and the Genesis Flood are substance. On the other hand, theologies about God, Jesus Christ, Faith, the Creation event, or the Genesis Flood are all concepts.

Concept isn’t reality, but substance is reality.

Theologies, political philosophies, the stories of evolution, old-earth calculations, and stories about a big bang aren’t reality. Rather, these are concepts. Molecules to humanity, naturalism, materialism, abiogenesis, and uniformitarianism are concepts. Concepts are human-generated fabrications. They’re usually about reality, but they aren’t reality. Concepts float over reality. They add to reality or eliminate parts of reality. Just as children’s make-believe is usually about reality but not reality itself, concepts are about reality, but they aren’t reality itself. If we think concepts are real, we commit hypostatization. The material world is substance, not concept. Revelation and faith aren’t concepts because they’re imparted by God when He speaks. And we know that Jesus Christ is part of reality because we know Him and He reveals Himself to us. As another example, God reveals the Creation event and the Genesis Flood when He speaks to us through Scripture, so the Creation event and the Genesis Flood are parts of reality even though they’re separated from us by time

On the other hand, theories, philosophies, and theologies are mental constructs. They grow out of assumptions, stories, conceptual frameworks, ideas, or other forms of made-up stuff. Assuming and storytelling are ways of making up stuff.

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Atheist: I Was Raised Christian

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It’s true that many anti-God thinkers claim they grew up as Christians. However, almost all of them deny having any experience of knowing Christ or of Christ leading them, so how could they ever have the experience of knowing that He exists because they know Him. They even deny that such an experience is possible. Could someone deeply and meaningfully experience the living Christ in this way and then deny His existence? Some claim they did know Him but now deny Him. That’s difficult to believe. More likely, they learned manners, theologies, and emotions, but they never learned to hear God’s voice and to respond in submission to the Holy Spirit.
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Teach the Children

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Unfortunately, some parents never get around to teaching their children to know Christ, and this lack of teaching means that many children never learn to abide in His leading, teaching, correction, and progressive purification. In other words, many children never learn to walk in the Spirit. Perhaps the children never learn because many parents never walk in the Spirit and never keep step with the Spirit themselves.
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Children Need Two Types of Learning

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Ephesians 6:4 speaks of two forms of training. One is nouthesia, which is “putting in mind.” What does God want the children to have in their minds? God wants them to acknowledge Him, and He’ll be there to guide if they’re willing to acknowledge Him, that is, hold Him in their knowledge. The second form of training is paideia, which is action. To understand this paideia action, we must remember that works come by grace through faith, so children need to learn how to acknowledge God’s leading and how to respond in submission. They need to learn how to yield to the Holy Spirit, so God does His works through them.
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What If Children Knew How to Listen to God?

Teach your children to know Jesus. Teach them to be led by the Holy Spirit and to reject the influence of the world, the devil, and their own fallen emotions and mind.
 
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From the standpoint of outcomes, parents would find their role easier if God’s love was shed abroad in the children’s hearts by the Holy Ghost, wouldn’t they? And parents would find their role easier if the children were walking in the Spirit, wouldn’t they? So why not teach them how to know Jesus? If they’re taught to seek Jesus Christ at the youngest age, they’re much more likely to follow Christ as teenagers and as adults. If they don’t follow Christ at a young age, parents will find it difficult to get their interest when they enter their teen years.
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