The limits of skepticism

I’m currently in PHI200: Mind and Machine in school and this is one of the discussions I had to do this week. I thought that I would share it and see what everyone thinks about it.

Can a person be skeptical about everything, or are there limits?  Is it possible to doubt everything, or almost everything? Are there beliefs you possess that cannot be challenged or shown to be false? How might the skeptic respond to your claim that such a belief cannot be doubted? Identify one such specific belief and present your response to the skeptic. (If you don’t have such a belief, explain how one could live while not accepting any claim as true.)

I believe that there are limits to what a person can and cannot be skeptical about. The book states, “even if our senses deceive us, and even if we are dreaming, we still know that 2 + 2 = 4, and triangles have three sides” (Mosser, 2010). We also know, “we can’t be totally certain of anything” (Mosser, 2010) but, “that farmers can rest easy knowing that the sun will rise again tomorrow” (Mosser, 2010)

I believe that the beliefs I possess are firm, but I’m not going to deceive myself into thinking someone may never be able to show them to be false. Though, that’s the funny thing about religion. You have to have a lot of faith to believe in it.

I have a belief there is more than one god in the world, because the Bible states. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me Exodus 20:3” (Concordance, 1999). As most of you should know this was “written” by God on a stone for Moses to take back to his people. I believe that in God saying “no other gods” God is acknowledging there are other gods in this world. Though, I believe he is also saying you should worship none of them before him.

I think a skeptic might say that Moses people and other neighboring nations had “made up” gods created for their own fantasies. Just like the golden calf that they were worshipping when Moses came down from the mountain and, that God was referring to that.

Though, my response would be in my mind if you are The God, alpha, and omega why would you even give fake gods any kind of a stance by calling them gods at all? The next commandment, “Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth” Exodus 20:4” (Concordance, 1999) covers making fake idols? So why would God make two laws on the same topic? This is of course unless they weren’t the same topic at all?


Concordance, T. K. (1999). The Holy Bible. Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers.

Mosser, K. (2010). A Concise Introduction to Philosophy. San Diego,: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.


~ by Snow on January 26, 2012.

3 Responses to “The limits of skepticism”

  1. I believe what God was referring to when he said “other gods” was anything that we allow to become a god in our lives. This could be money, our job, our hobby, and even our religion, etc. I don’t believe He is saying there are other gods but that we are not to allow anything else in our lives to become a god and put it before the one true God.

  2. Great article.

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