Briefly stated, a skeptic is one who is willing to question any claim to truth, asking for clarity in definition, consistency in logic, and adequacy of evidence. – Paul Kurtz
I am a skeptic, I don’t believe what I don’t have good reasons to believe. And it is because I am willing to question any belief I have, I have changed my mind a number of times.
Clarity of definition is the first sign of clarity of thought. If you can’t define your terms, then you probably don’t know what you are talking about.
I found this common in Bible college. I would ask a fellow student what being born again meant, and they would say, “Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.” Then I would ask, what does it mean to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Some would reply, “It means being born again.”
You can imagine the responses I got when I asked about sanctification, justification, or regeneration. They were clueless, and many of my professors were no better.
Consistency in logic does not tell you that something is true, but inconsistency does tell you that something is false. A contradiction is a sure sign of error somewhere.
And adequacy of evidence is vital. People mistake mere assertion for evidence. Or they appeal to a holy book. Just because it’s written in a book doesn’t make it true. There has to be evidence, that is verifiable and objective information that adequately supports the claim.
A skeptic will not accept any claim without “clarity in definition, consistency in logic, and adequacy of evidence.”