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Paul Williams posted the following on September 14, 2015:

From the two statements above, one from the Apostle Paul, the other from the Lord Jesus Christ, Paul Williams has concluded that Jesus and Paul taught two mutually exclusive religions, only one of which can be from God.

By juxtaposing these two verses under the heading “Two different religions. Which one comes from God?,” Williams is implicitly assuming that Paul and Jesus are using “the law” in the same way, which is something for which Williams offers no exegetical argument. Since the word “law” and “the law” can be and are used in a whole host of ways in Scripture, something universally recognized among Biblical scholars, it is incumbent on Williams to demonstrate that Jesus and Paul are using the term/phrase in exactly the same way. In other words, Williams is relying on the ambiguity of a phrase common to the two passages, i.e. “the law,” in order to generate a contradiction, which is a logical fallacy.

There are other problems with Williams approach to these two passages, but what is particularly interesting about the above point is that Paul Williams admitted on the very next day –in a post titled “thou shalt not commit logical fallacies”– that he is “…tempted to indulge in them [logical fallacies – AR] from time to time.” Here is Williams’ confession:

Notice that one of the logical fallacies included on the above list is the very fallacy Williams committed the day before, i.e. “the fallacy of ambiguity” (akaequivocation).

Here is the fallacy blown up:

Although Williams admitted that he is tempted to indulge in logical fallacies from time to time, from what I have seen he succumbs so often that it would be more accurate to say “time after time.” In any event, here we have both a confession and clear evidence that Williams’ is not always honest in his attacks on Christianity.

I think it is high time that Williams rename his blog: Blogging Logical Fallacies.   


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