So I was responding to the following comment on a discussion board I sometimes frequent:
“…what do you think of C J Koster’s book ‘Come Out of Her My People’. It questions and condemns the use of words like ‘Church’ and ‘Bible’ as pagan? Is it misinformation?”
And my response:
“Re: C.J. Koster’s book, STAY AWAY!!! Not only is ‘Come out of her my people’ plain out spiritual poison (yes, it is misinformation through-and-through), but from my understanding, Mr. Koster himself denies the Deity of Jesus Christ, making him at best a heretic, and at worst an anti-Christ.”
And I was critiquing my comments, as I am wont to do, making sure that I’m being consistent, able to back up what I’m saying, and avoiding logical fallacies. That said, my mention of Mr. Koster’s denial of the Deity of Christ as a reason to avoid his writings made me stop and think.
Basically, at face value it seems like an Ad Hom logical fallacy to assert that his denial of Christ’s Deity would necessarily effect the accuracy and truthfulness of his writings. (for those of you who don’t know ad hominem arguments, it’s basically attacking a flaw in your opponent instead of dealing with the actual argument he raises, such as: you can’t believe Chuck, because he picks his nose) I mean, so did Isaac Newton and Thomas Jefferson, but I still think gravity is pretty solid stuff and I’d sign the Declaration of Independence. So I had to ponder this for a minute. Indeed, does his denial of the Deity of Christ necessarily mean his facts are wrong?
Here is the answer I came up with:
First, what kinds of facts is Mr. Koster writing about? Spiritual/Biblical ones. At the very least, he is wrong about one (central!) fact: the Deity of Christ, even if no others. Thus, I am justified in basing my claim that his writings are spiritual poison on this fact alone.
Second, although my claim that his book is filled with misinformation does not necessarily follow from his denial of Christ’s Deity (nor was I saying it did), this fact certainly shoots up red flags that he’s probably not the best source for information on Biblical subjects. Think about it this way: would you want to take a class on WWII from a professor who denies the holocaust? Why not? Yeah, because that denial of the holocaust is going to screw up all his other facts too, and if he denies something that well-documented, how on earth could you think he would have any compunction denying other facts and messing with history? Same with the Deity of Christ – although Mr. Koster’s denial of this well-documented fact does not necessarily mean that his other facts will be wrong, why on earth give him your precious time?
Just an observation.