Battleground God: THE GAME

So while looking for resources for my latest project, SeekTheEvidence.org, I came across this little gem located in the depths of the Austhink Library of the “Miscellaneous and Fun section”: http://www.philosophersnet.com/games/god.php

Can your beliefs about religion make it across our intellectual battleground?

In this activity you’ll be asked a series of 17 questions about God and religion. In each case, apart from Question 1, you need to answer True or False. The aim of the activity is not to judge whether these answers are correct or not. Our battleground is that of rational consistency. This means to get across without taking any hits, you’ll need to answer in a way which is rationally consistent. What this means is you need to avoid choosing answers which contradict each other. If you answer in a way which is rationally consistent but which has strange or unpalatable implications, you’ll be forced to bite a bullet.

I found this to be a novel idea; and insightful! —

Congratulations!

You have been awarded the TPM medal of honour! This is our highest award for outstanding service on the intellectual battleground.

The fact that you progressed through this activity neither being hit nor biting a bullet suggests that your beliefs about God are internally consistent and very well thought out.

A direct hit would have occurred had you answered in a way that implied a logical contradiction. You would have bitten bullets had you responded in ways that required that you held views that most people would have found strange, incredible or unpalatable. However, you avoided both these fates – and in doing so qualify for our highest award. A fine achievement!

See how you go, and let me know how to go too!

6 Comments

  1. Lol, I bit one bullet for insisting on a higher standard of evidence for god than for evolution. So sue me!

    I blame the test format – too many true/false choices to questions which require more subtle answers. After all, the test did not ask about irrevocable proof for evolution; the problem is the test itself is asking “should I hold god to a higher standard, or no standard at all?”

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    1. Haha, I read the questions a couple of time because of that very concern – and did it a number of times as a theist, too – You don’t come off very well at all.

      As far as the games’ scope is concerned, I think it’s to keep us rationally consistent.. 😀

      We shouldn’t move the goal posts for one idea over another.

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  2. I’ve seen that page before, it’s great how they force you to bite bullets for logical fallacies and incorrect assumptions about why you answered one way or the other. Full of fail.

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  3. I kept taking direct hits on my views on the nature of God. The problem is I’m an atheist. To me belief in a deity is in itself contradictory and illogical. I understand the problem of evil and the many contradictions posed by religion – hence the lack of belief. Most of this I felt didn’t apply to me

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