Typical Calvinists’ Methods of “Debate” and Elitism

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How do Calvinists Debate:

  1. Calvinists’ goal is to argue logically to draw out and demonstrate the truth in the Bible

    52.9%
  2. Calvinists value the ability to reason from one’s own mind for the truth

    41.2%
  3. Calvinists’ goal is not to argue logically to draw out and demonstrate the truth in the Bible

    17.6%
  4. Calvinist do not value the ability to reason from one’s own mind for the truth

    35.3%
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  1. Benjamin

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    Subject: 1. Why it is rather worthless and frustrating to attempt to reason with Calvinists on this board. {Calvinist elitist views} 2. Presentation of an example of the type of reasoning they typically resort to and to hear their (honest) opinions about these methods.

    Claim: Typically, no valid logical reasoning is offered by the Calvinists, who engage in debate argumentation on this board, to believe their position is true.

    Prediction: 1. If I present the fallacious and worthless methods of argumentation from the Calvinist being used on this “debate” board they will not acknowledge it was illogical nor even show that they recognize the types of arguments they present to be fallacious and thereby do not consider it worthless and meaningless toward the goal of drawing out the truth in debate. 2. Attacks will be directed at the person in this debate rather than on the position and the issues at hand.

    Conclusion: The typical Calvinists “debating” on this board either don’t understand how to logically reason for the truth and/or disregard such ethics and they are just here to “argue” through repeating meaningless circular pattern arguments as their goal. IOWs they do not appreciate the value of logically reasoning on a debate board as being important nor do they demonstrate they think it ethically necessary to prove their position is correct in a debate. Calvinist typically rest on the elitist belief if others “can not see it” according to “their insight” and “their form of reasoning/arguing” then they are simply just wrong, nothing more is worthy of answering logically.

    (1) Calvinist will deny or ignore that they are not being “logical” in their methods of “debate”.

    (2) Calvinist typically merely point to endless proof-texting as the way to discover the truth because they do not value having the reasoning ability to know the truth.

    (3) This is consistent with the Calvinist thinking that one cannot know the truth unless God gives it to them, therefore they are elitist.

    (4) The Calvinists being elitist and arguing in that mindset is the core to what frustrates any practical attempts to debate with them.

    (5) The Calvinists' goals in debate are not geared to be logical within any ethical philosophical standards.
     
  2. Benjamin

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    A typical demonstration of trying to discuss practical reasoning with Calvinists as it begins upon pointing out fallacy in a typical Calvinist' argument:

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    Clarifying the points of A and B:
    (Addressing the reasoning methods, to no avail, hence the topic of this thread)
    Results:

    http://www.baptistboard.com/showthread.php?t=86983&page=4
     
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  3. Winman

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    Calvinists know they are wrong, so they resort to games. They will do anything to change the subject and avoid the logical conclusions of their doctrine. It is very rare that you will run into a Calvinist who will honestly address the issues.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1ckoCBtXvU
     
  4. Revmitchell

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    I hope you did not quote me because you believe I am a cal. That would be in error. And my statement was in support of what you said not against.
     
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    ...busy now...will be back later to address inaccuracies...perhaps tomorrow morning.
     
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    I have been accused of many things, but elitist is not one of them.
     
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    You are one of the very few cals on the board that are graceful instead of full of themselves.
     
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    That video is hilarious! So much truth in just a 1 minute video.

    The responses in the video are equally funny. If I had a nickel for every time I heard a Calvinist say, "You don't understand Calvinism", I could solve the debt crisis.
     
  9. Benjamin

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    No, you brought up a very good point of Calvinists' elitism ...when it came to the opponent's clear evasion of addressing the argument (logically) and your point demonstrated the typical Calvinist mindset that they didn't need to prove anything, hence elitism.
     
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    Thank you for that comment. It may be the root cause of my crossing swords with Rippon constantly.
     
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    1. Your Sample size is way to small to draw the conclusions you are drawing. It is very easy to find and cite a several calvinists who skirt the issue and don't answer questions adequately, or who simply state facts without proving them, or who attack their debate opponents...unfortunately its easy to find non-cals who do the same thing...even at our best, we all (cal & non cal) can be drawn into debate and forget to be civil and kind and logical...but it does not follow that all, most, or even the majority of cals do this same thing as a regular course of action, or that cals do not care about truth and only want to cause trouble and attack people.

    2. Even if you were able to cite over 50% of BaptistBoard Calvinists posting in a certain way...it should be obvious that the very people who frequent the Baptistboard are more inclined to be argumentative than your average Joe, and that goes for cals, non-cals and everybody.

    3. For Winman, It is obvious exageration, either unintentional or not, to say calvinists know they are wrong and are simply playing games...it is unfair to the thousands of calvinists who are faithful, godly church members and pastors, who are ignorant of our BaptistBoard triflings, and who are deeply comforted by trusting in a God who maintains control over every good and bad thing in their lives, even their eternal destiny.
     
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    Here's another one you might like;


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcPFpgcIHhc
     
  13. Benjamin

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    Yes, very typical to hear that, it often reminds me of hearing a Pentecostal tell you that God told them how they’ve have been specially selected to receive the gift of speaking in tongues. – “sorry you can’t understand and see this.” = Elitism
     
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    :laugh::laugh::laugh: looks like somebody has issues. Ahhhhh! :laugh:
     
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    LOL! The root cause for you "crossing swords" with me is because you are graceful. Ha,ha,ha.Oh man!
     
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    Oh oh oh.ha ha ha....you two are better than watching mud wrestling
     
  17. Benjamin

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    Great example of the mature and reasoned debate ethics and goals of the typical Calvinist! Thank you for your reply.

    P.S.:

    Would you 3 Calvinists care to take this distraction elsewhere or is going to be another continuing example of the Calvinists' typical debate methods and attempts to derail the thread?
     
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  18. Rippon

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    He brings Calvin and myself up every chance he gets! One never knows when the dual planet guy will strike!
     
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    Lighten up there Ben.
     
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    Many have essentially said similar statements on posts at various times. Perhaps it is that some have wrapped up their whole esteem in what is or is not acceptable on the BB.

    I have not seen the claim that the BB Calvinists are in an elite group. But that really isn't a bad thing.

    Historically, it is that the elite camp is always set upon by the malcontents who wish to overthrow the right and proper elite.

    It is the nature of the malcontent to use any exaggeration and slight to rise up to incite riot and pillage.

    It is not within the character of the malcontent to regard the elite other than with disgust and personal attacks if an elite happens to find himself surrounded by a crowd of malcontents.

    It is not in the method of operation for the malcontents to withhold judgment (warranted or not) at every opportunity upon the elite.

    It is also the nature of the malcontent that there is no issue of the elite from which they will refrain from casting disparage, and, if there is no longer any elite, then surprisingly malcontents generally turn upon each other.

    But, the elite have no such nature. They are more than happy to accept the high ground and often somewhat amused at the efforts of the lesser malcontents to emulate the elite's status.

    Perhaps if the malcontents would spend more time being elite, and less as malcontents, then their cause would be less, and unity more.

    Perhaps, but then did not Christ say that the world is no friend to the believer? I wonder why it is that the believer's consider it good to live and behave like the world?

    And I bet you all thought I was posting about cal and non-cals. :)
     
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