The old pickup truck was limping along, and then we had to stop for a traffic light. Most cars have their bumper stickers on the bumper, but this truck had it on the rear window of the cab.
The bumper sticker said: “CRITICAL THINKING – ANOTHER NATIONAL DEFICIT”. That truck had seen better days, so had the old boy driving it. But the good thing was that the driver clearly had more brains than much of the country in his thinking and his choice of stickers.
Critical thinking is indeed a deficit. People get involved with their beliefs, faith, religion, fictions of improbable events and impossible gods or Gods.
Look up Critical Thinking in a dictionary, book, magazine article or Internet site and you can find a lot of information. You can learn about how it works, how it is taught in some universities and why it is necessary to understand Critical Thinking to understand how the world works.
Read about Critical Thinking and you come across words such as evidence, observation, analysis, evaluation, explanation, cognition, logic, facts, credibility, etc.
You do not come across words of religion such as belief, faith, rites, conviction, meaning, grace, piety, deity, chosen people, benevolence, etc.
In short, Critical Thinking is a system of problem solving, of following reason and evidence to determine truth, of questioning things to determine if they are or can be true or are they just a fanciful facile answer for a tough troubling question,
We know (according to Christianity) that Jesus went to heaven after his crucifixion. Thus, according to Christianity, he would have ascended (the word used in the Bible) to heaven or flown to heaven to be with God.
We know than mankind cannot fly. No animal can fly unless it has wings (like birds and bats) to control air flight or flaps (such as “flying squirrels”) to glide. Flight by humans is just impossible.
My immediate response to the statement that Jesus flew to the heavens would be to scoff, and point out the simple fact that animals – with the exceptions of above - can’t fly.
I might also ask why we “know” that Muhammad visiting Allah in heaven by riding his white horse Buraq there and back is totally fiction, yet we “know” that Jesus could do this and without a white winged horse.
Perhaps better questions for this conundrum using the Socratic Method would be:
Are you sure that Jesus could or can fly?
Why are you sure of this?
How could Jesus do this but Muhammad could not?
Can humans fly?
Why can't humans fly?
What makes the story about Jesus true and the story of Muhammad false?
How does the story of resurrection tie in with the laws of physics?
If God made the laws of physics, could he also violate them?
How could anyone or anything violate the laws of gravity that applies to everything else and every other thing and creature?
Since we are made in God’s image, would we not also expect to be able to fly as Jesus did?
There could be and are other questions, but you get the idea. And often a following question would depend upon the answer you just got from the previous question.
Critical Thinking requires the use of the facts and evidence at hand, without making up impossible explanations as do all religions. It is the way to see the world without the fiction of religion.