Saturday, June 7, 2014
Do Words Have Meaning?
Note: Any further comments on this blog post must start with 1 of the following 2 possibilities in order to be considered for publishing:
1. I agree with Matt that words have no meaning.
2. I disagree with Matt. Words do have meaning.
I can hardly believe I'm having to discuss this, but such is the absurdity of the atheist worldview. In "The Refining Reason Debate: Matt Dillahunty vs Sye Ten Bruggencate" it was stated by Matt that, "Words have no meanings, only usage". This is self-refuting nonsense, however, it is consistent with the rejection of absolute truth and denial of God. Unfortunately many people prefer absurdity over submitting their lives to God.
During the audience question time at the end of the debate one person asked Matt a question, but prefaced it by pointing out that it's hard to talk to someone who believes that words have no meaning. Not surprisingly a lot in the audience burst out laughing at that point, because they could see the absurdity of Matt's position.
Here's a good article that discusses the fact that words do have meaning (it's a bit short but it gets to the core issues). http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithwalkers/2012/09/do-you-know-the-9-words-that-change-everything/.
The two views are related to presuppositions that are either for God (objective truth exists, and words have objective meaning) and presuppositions that are against God (objective truth does not exist, all truth is relative, and words do not have objective meaning). As Christians the objectivity of truth and words are rooted in the objective existence of God and reality.
Not only can Matt not know that he isn't a brain in a vat (and therefore he can't really know anything according to his worldview), but because of his denial of the meaning of words this was all he said in the whole debate - blah blah blah blah...
I've created a poll in the top right corner of my blog to see how many agree with Matt on this topic. Please read the Commenting Policy for this blog before commenting. If you could begin your comment by stating whether you agree or disagree that "words have no meaning" that would be good.
Also I'm well aware that Matt Dillahunty attempted to further explain what he meant when he said that words have no meaning, but when he did that he used words and assumed that those words do have objective meaning. If you start a sentence with "words have no meaning" then no matter what words you utter after that become meaningless. So it really is a show stopper when someone says they believe such nonsense. Until Matt admits he is wrong to say that words have no meaning, this blog post and the meme will remain.