Hitchens’s Razor

July 24

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

(Proverbs 16:18 ) NKJV

Hitchens’s razor is one of the most popular atheist deities. It’s the intellectual equivalent of putting your thumbs in your ears and wiggling your fingers while sticking your tongue out.

It’s regarded as intellectual high ground from which “scientists” can automatically dismiss anything said by a person of faith. The problem is that we all have science, and we all have faith. The distinction between science and faith doesn’t exist.

Most of the time you see Hitchens’s razor stated this way, as a meme:

What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.

—  Hitchens’s razor, meme

Here’s the formal definition of Hitchens’s razor.

Hitchens’s razor is an epistemological razor asserting that the burden of proof regarding the truthfulness of a claim lies with the one who makes the claim; if this burden is not met, then the claim is unfounded, and its opponents need not argue further in order to dismiss it.

– Hitchen’s razor, definition (Wikipedia)

First off, what’s epistemology? We’ve discussed epistemology at length without ever calling it by that name.

Epistemology is the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope. Epistemology is the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion.

– Epistemology, definition

Justified belief is considered to be synonymous with “scientific facts.” The problem is that if something’s only true in the popular science paradigm (SciPop) then it can’t be a fact. As such, “justified belief” is anything at all which fits the popular science narrative (SciPop).

Ironically Hitchens’s razor embodies failure to understand what evidence is and how it’s used. It’s a form of epistemological abuse, or sleight-of-hand, which allows Hitchens’s razor to be a license for intellectual elites to have a haughty spirit towards people of faith.

In primary or secondary we show that the use of Hitchens’s razor depends on assuming that secondary sources of evidence, with rationale induced by peer review to be compliant with the SciPop narrative, are primary sources of evidence.

In the high price of epistemological buffoonery we bring to mind the fact that billions of people are going to hell, a ball of molten radioactive slag at the center of the Earth. What are you doing about it, Christian?

Rather than demonstrating that “science” is based on evidence whereas faith isn’t, Christopher Hitchens showed, ironically, that he didn’t understand what evidence is or how it’s used. Despite this the fool has said in his heart that it’s all the excuse he needs to ignore God and live for himself. We redefine Hitchens’s Razor 2.0.

Hitchens’s razor is epistemological sleight-of-hand which fails to distinguish justified belief from opinion. It’s a tragic case of acquiring fame in the name of something that you don’t understand. It’s a major deity in the atheist pantheon, the subject of a lot of special pleading.

– Hitchens’s razor, new definition

Hitchens’s Razor – Navigation

1Hitchens’s RazorProverbs 16:18
2Scientific FactsLeviticus 19:36
3Epistemological AbuseEzekiel 45:10
4Primary or Secondary?Isaiah 5:20
5The High Price of Epistemological BuffooneryLuke 16:23
6Hitchens’s Razor 2.0Psalms 53:1
SalvationRomans 10:9-10
– Navigate your way around Hitchens’s razor.

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