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Argument Paper

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In the article I’m Fine with God…but I Can’t Stand Christians Who Impose Their Morality on Others, authors Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz critique the Christian faith’s self ordained position of society’s moral leaders. They write that Christians have no right to be in this position because of their low esteem within the culture, their hypocrisy, their lack of credibility and the blatant rejection by society’s new post-modern view. Bickel and Jantz begin with a discussion on society’s view of Christians, none of which are positive. They state that this is a known fact that even Christians agree with. They then begin to compare the Christians with legalistic Pharisees. In other words, just as Pharisees failed God’s commands so have Christians. Christians live by a “check-list religion” latent with hypocrisy combined with dogmatism leading to a loss of credibility. Bickel and Jantz then proclaim that the culture following the 1960’s removed Christianity from its moral pedestal a fact Christians have yet to realize. The article concludes with a counter argument portrayed as a last effort by Christians to lay claim to their moral priesthood. The authors use the analogy of salt and light declaring that the reference’s true meaning require Christians to live a distinguished life but not a life of force or aggression. Thus, concluding that Christians must stop imposing their broken faith on others and, for the first time, let the world be attracted to their spice and brightness; to let society come on their own accord.
Bickel and Jantz have strong views in what they portray as a sound argument; however this is not necessarily the case. Their argument has validity and validity alone. The case is broken into four parts; each part is made up by an integral statement and claim against the so called moral police. The first and last premises explain Christian’s relations with society. These two points naturally connect to show that Christians are not seen positively or as relevant within society. Understanding that Christians act as hypocrites and as offensive dogmatists are also two seemingly connected ideas. The former and the latter do seem to rely in some way on each other as one cannot understand the premise that Christians are seen as hypocritical if one does not understand the feel, view, or perspective within society. This may appear as if the premises are therefore trustworthy within this argument however, this is not true. The conclusion may seemingly follow from the premises, however the points themselves are weak and in some respects blatantly wrong. To further test for mishaps in the logic each premise now will be separately critiqued.
To begin, society is quoted in saying that Christians are judgmental, hypocritical, self-righteous and a host of other negative labels. These sub points stem, according to Bickel’s and Jantz’s own words, from “anecdotal research” and therefore make this premise plausible but hardly reliable. ...

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