I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Monday, March 17, 2014

Silver Blaze and the Argument from Silence

We’re often told that an argument from silence is fallacious. Treat yourself to Arthur Conan Doyle’s Silver Blaze. Enjoy it for the literary brilliance of Doyle’s acute story-telling gift, and for sake of an illustration of the strength and soundness of an argument from silence. Pay close attention to pages twenty through twenty-six, which focus on the dog in the stables. An argument from silence of powerful, when there should be noise!

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