Thinking about thinking cartoons in the RE classroom

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Thinking about thinking cartoons in the RE classroom. Dilwyn Hunt. e xample 1. Weak or flawed thinking. A. I guess so. Lots of people say God is real so it must be true. . Do you think God is real? . Insert an image of two young people Ginny and Jerome talking. Ginny. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Thinking about thinking cartoons in the RE classroomDilwyn HuntWeak or flawed thinkingDo you think God is real? I guess so. Lots of people say God is real so it must be true. I guess so. If there isnt a God how did the universe get started? GinnyJeromeexample 1Which of Jeromes reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?Explain why.BAA

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Weak or flawed thinkingI guess so. Lots of people say God is real so it must be true. I guess so. If there isnt a God how did the universe get started? JeromeWhich of Jeromes reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?Explain why.AIf lots of people say something is true, that doesnt make it true. Appealing to the peopleArgumentum ad populumBAexample 1

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Weak or flawed thinkingDo you think God is real? I guess so. Lots of people say God is real so it must be true. I guess so. If there isnt a God how did the universe get started? JeromeThe fact that lots of people say that God is real doesnt make it true.Explain why.BAGinnyexample 1For example, lots of people once believed that the earth stood still and the sun travelled around the earth but today we know that is not true.

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Weak or flawed thinkingDo you think there really is a God? I reckon so. There has to be a God. It stands to reason. So God must exist. I reckon so. If there isnt a God where did life come from? GinnyJeromeexample 2Which of Jeromes reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?Explain why.BAA

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Weak or flawed thinkingI reckon so. There has to be a God. It stands to reason. So God must exist. I reckon so. If there isnt a God where did life come from? Jeromeexample 2Which of Jeromes reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?Explain why.BAAThis is a circular argument. Jerome begins with what he is trying to end up with.

It is based on a premise which contains the conclusion. insert an image of an ancient Greek philosopher

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Weak or flawed thinkingI reckon so. There has to be a God. It stands to reason. So God must exist. I reckon so. If there isnt a God where did life come from? Jeromeexample 2Which of Jeromes reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?Explain why.BAAThere has to be a God.1st premise2nd premiseIt stands to reason.ConclusionSo God must exist.insert an image of an ancient Greek philosopher

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Weak or flawed thinkingAshleyexample 2Is Ashleys argument a circular argument?Explain why.God is a necessary being.1st premise2nd premiseGod cannot fail to exist.ConclusionSo God cannot not exist.

God is a necessary being. God cannot fail to exist. So God cannot not exist? insert an image of an ancient Greek philosopher

Giving reasonscritical thinkingdiamond nineLucy says she believes in the resurrection of Jesus. Which is her strongest reason? Which is her weakest reason?strongest reasonweakest reason

Giving reasonscritical thinkingdiamond nineDave says a church should be allowed to provide same sex marriages if they want to. Which is his strongest reason? Which is his weakest reason?strongest reasonweakest reason

Weak or flawed thinkingexample 3CarlWhich of Harrys reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?ABBExplain why.Yes his disciples were scared and had given up but then they changed and were full of courage. Something happened that changed them. They had seen Jesus alive. Do you think Jesus rose from the dead?HarryYes Jesus rose from the dead. Thats my opinion and everyone has a right to their opinion.

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Weak or flawed thinkingexample 3CarlExplain why.Yes Jesus rose from the dead. Thats my opinion and everyone has a right to their opinion. No reason is given. The issue is seen as personal rather than what it is a claim about what really happened in the world. Do you think Jesus rose from the dead?HarryWhich of Harrys reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?B

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Weak or flawed thinkingexample 3CarlExplain why.Yes Jesus rose from the dead. Thats my opinion and everyone has a right to their opinion. No reason is given. The issue is seen as personal rather than what it is a claim about what really happened in the world. Do you think Jesus rose from the dead?HarryWhether Harry has a right to have an opinion is not the issue. BThe issue is - did Jesus rise from the dead. Harry is not offering a reason for agreeing with his view.

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Weak or flawed thinkingexample 3objectiveHarrysubjective

contentiousuncontentiouslikely to cause an argumentnot likely to cause an argumentThe law requires RE to be taught in all Community schools. England won the World Cup in 1966

Geoff Hursts 3rd goaldid cross the line

The next fifty years will see the healthy growth of RE in our schools.

Jesus rose from the dead. Thats my opinion and everyone has a right to their opinion. The Bible is the Christian holy book.When die we will haveto face the judgement of God.

Weak or flawed thinkingexample 3objectiveHarrysubjective

Objective statements are not personal preferences. They are claims about the world. Subjective statements reflect the personal preferences of people. The subject of the statement is the person.God created the universe.Jesus rose from the dead.Harry likes Brussels sprouts but hates broad beans. Harry likes Grime but doesnt like Heavy Metal.Jesus rose from the dead. Thats my opinion and everyone has a right to their opinion. There will be a Judgement DayHarry likes Star Trek but doesnt like Dr Who.

Weak or flawed thinkingexample 3CarlExplain why.The claim that Jesus rose from the dead has to do with claiming that an event in this world really happened. It is not an issue to do with personal inner feelings or preferences. Yes Jesus rose from the dead. Thats my opinion and everyone has a right to their opinion. No reason is given. The issue is seen as personal rather than what it is a claim about what really happened in the world. Do you think Jesus rose from the dead?Harry

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Weak or flawed thinkingI prayed for Grandma so how come she still died? I guess God doesnt always do what we want Ginny. God does what is right.You cant swim properly Ginny so I bet you cant pray right either. GinnyJeromeWhich of Jeromes reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?Explain why.example 4ABA

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Weak or flawed thinkingJeromeExplain why.Attacking the person and not the issue is not a proper argument. Attacking the personArgumentum ad hominemWhich of Jeromes reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?AABI guess God doesnt always do what we want Ginny. God does what is right.You cant swim properly Ginny so I bet you cant pray right either. example 4insert an image of an ancient Greek philosopher

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Weak or flawed thinkingI prayed for Grandma so how come she still died? I guess God doesnt always do what we want Ginny. God does what is right.GinnyJeromeExplain why.example 4ABYou cant swim properly Ginny so I bet you cant pray right either. Jerome is not talking about the subject which is prayer but is talking about Ginny.AThe fact that Ginny cant swim does not matter. It is not connected in any way to the subject which is prayer.

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Weak or flawed thinkingexample 5Do you think voluntary euthanasia is wrong?HarryCarlWhich of Carls reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?Yes because we must live with everything life throws at us good and bad. You shouldnt just ask to die no matter how tough and difficult it becomes.BAAExplain why.Yes people who believe in voluntary euthanasia say that everyone over the age of 75 should volunteer to be put to death.

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Weak or flawed thinkingexample 5CarlWhich of Carls reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?Yes people who believe in voluntary euthanasia say that everyone over the age of 75 should volunteer to be put to death.AAExplain why.This is a straw man argument. It attacks a view which they do not have.Yes because we must live with everything life throws at us good and bad. You shouldnt just ask to die no matter how tough and difficult it becomes.B

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Weak or flawed thinkingexample 5CarlYes people who believe in voluntary euthanasia say that everyone over the age of 75 should volunteer to be put to death.AThis is a straw man argument. It attacks a view which they do not have.Yes because we must live with everything life throws at us good and bad. You shouldnt just ask to die no matter how tough and difficult it becomes.BDo you think voluntary euthanasia is wrong?

This is a weak and inaccurate version of what they say which is put up in order to be easily knocked down and dismissed.People who believe in voluntary euthanasia do not believe elderly people should volunteer to die. insert an image of an ancient Greek philosopher

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Weak or flawed thinkingexample 6CarlWhich of Harrys reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?ABBExplain why.I think they are. Some of the miracles have details which wouldnt be there if the story had been made up. Do you think Jesus miracles are true?HarryI think they are. It says so in the Bible and the Bible doesnt lie.

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Weak or flawed thinkingexample 6Which of Harrys reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?ABBExplain why.HarryI think they are. It says so in the Bible and the Bible doesnt lie. The fact that something or someone says it is true doesnt mean it is true.I think they are. Some of the miracles have details which wouldnt be there if the story had been made up. Do you think Jesus miracles are true?appeal to authorityargumentum ad verecundiaminsert an image of an ancient Greek philosopher

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Weak or flawed thinkingexample 6Which of Harrys reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?ABBExplain why.HarryI think they are. It says so in the Bible and the Bible doesnt lie. I think they are. Some of the miracles have details which wouldnt be there if the story had been made up. Do you think Jesus miracles are true?appeal to authorityargumentum ad verecundiamThe argument only appeals to those who believe in Bible.insert an image of an ancient Greek philosopher

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Weak or flawed thinkingexample 6Which of Harrys reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?ABHarryThe argument only appeals to those who believe in Bible.argumentum ad verecundiamClaiming something is true because it is in the Bible doesnt settle the issue. It just poses the question - is the Bible true?I think they are. Some of the miracles have details which wouldnt be there if the story had been made up. I think they are. It says so in the Bible and the Bible doesnt lie. Do you think Jesus miracles are true?At best the reason can only persuade people who already believe the Bible is true.appeal to authorityinsert an image of an ancient Greek philosopher

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Weak or flawed thinkingexample 7Do you believe in the theory of evolution?HarryCarlAAExplain why.No. The theory of evolution is just a theory.No. 3 billion years ago there was water, carbon, light but nothing living. Then suddenly there were living cells. Evolution cant explain that.BWhich of Carls reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?

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Weak or flawed thinkingexample 7Do you believe in the theory of evolution?HarryCarlAAExplain why.No. The theory of evolution is just a theory.No. 3 billion years ago there was water, carbon, light but nothing living. Then suddenly there were living cells. Evolution cant explain that.BWhich of Carls reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?

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Weak or flawed thinkingexample 7CarlNo. 3 billion years ago there was water, carbon, light but nothing living. Then suddenly there were living cells. Evolution cant explain that.BAAExplain why.No. The theory of evolution is just a theory.This is an equivocation argument. The word theory is being used to mean to different things. Do you believe in the theory of evolution?Theory can mean something that is iffy or conjecture.Which of Carls reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?insert an image of an ancient Greek philosopher

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Weak or flawed thinkingexample 7CarlWhich of Carls reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?No. 3 billion years ago there was water, carbon, light but nothing living. Then suddenly there were living cells. Evolution explain that.BAAExplain why.No. The theory of evolution is just a theory.Do you believe in the theory of evolution?Theory means a statement based on all available empirical data which currently best explains a natural phenomena. This is an equivocation argument. The word theory is being used to mean to different things. doublespeakinsert an image of an ancient Greek philosopher

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Weak or flawed thinkingexample 7CarlThe use of the word theory in its sense meaning something iffy attempts to suggest that evolutionists themselves acknowledge that the idea is uncertain.No. 3 billion years ago there was water, carbon, light but nothing living. Then suddenly there were living cells. Evolution explain that.BAAExplain why.No. The theory of evolution is just a theory.Do you believe in the theory of evolution?This is an equivocation argument. The word theory is being used to mean to different things. doublespeakTheory means a statement based on all available empirical data which currently best explains a natural phenomena. insert an image of an ancient Greek philosopher

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Weak or flawed thinkingDo you think that without religion people are more bad? GinnyJeromeWhich of Ginnys reasons do you think is most weak or perhaps flawed?Explain why.example 8BI guess so. When...