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Russian attack dog ww2

Point: Sometimes an unbeliever articulates a worldview or uses an argument that ends up being self-refuting which undermines their own position more than it actually “refutes” Christianity.  Their attempt at attacking Christianity backfires on them so to speak.  Christians need to expose self-refutations when they see one and also gently press the antithesis to the nonbeliever.  At times a Christian might have to offer an illustration of the self-defeating nature of a self-refuting attack on Christianity.

Picture:  During World War two the Russians used dogs as an anti-tank weapon.  These dogs were taught to carry explosives to their military targets.  What the dogs did during training was one thing; and what these dogs did in real life was another.

According to Wikipedia, the following happened during World War two:

Another serious training mistake was revealed later; the Soviets used their own diesel-engine tanks to train the dogs rather than German tanks which had gasoline engines.[5] As the dogs relied on their acute sense of smell, the dogs sought out familiar Soviet tanks instead of strange-smelling German tanks.[7]

One can imagine that the Soviets strategy ended up backfiring and became self-defeating.

POSSIBLE SCENARIO FOR EMPLOYING THIS ILLUSTRATION DURING APOLOGETIC EVANGELISM

<After employing Presuppositional apologetics in a conversation >

OPPONENT: I don’t get what you are getting at.  What’s your point?

CHRISTIAN: I’m trying to show how your worldview is self-refuting if you believe in X.  X actually undermines and defeats your belief in Y.  You are shooting yourself in your own foot so to speak.  Your attempt to fight against Christianity ends up coming back to bite you.  I suppose this might be a fitting illustration.  Did you know that during World War 2 the Soviets used dogs as an anti-tank weapon?

OPPONENT:  No I didn’t know that.

CHRISTIAN: <Give illustration >

CHRISTIAN: In the same fashion, if you insulate yourself from Christians’ critical evaluation of what you believe, it’s easy for you to think that your arguments work against Christianity.  But in reality, in the battlefield of ideas, your weapon ends up coming back to destroy you.

OPPONENT: (Laughs)

CHRISTIAN: Do you need me to explain why it’s self-refuting and self-destructive your belief in X again?

 

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