I'm back. Thank you Louis for letting me come back on y'all's forum. I am sorry for mocking y'all on The Thinking Atheist forum, that wasn't very nice of me. I have learned quite a lot from y'all, such as my need to brush up on philosophy. I have many assumptions in my philosophical world view which I struggle to explain adequately. Thanks for the help so far.
A fundamental of philosophy is getting it straight about what objective
"truth" is. Does the moon objectively exist, even if one is blind? Does a virus exist, objectively, for a newborn being that his mind is unaware of it? The answer is, yes.
What is truth's relationship to logic & reason? It brings us truth. If a=b and b=c, it is a truth that a=c.
However, logic and reason are not identical. You can have true logic that does not result in reasonableness or truth - if the premises for the logic are not entirely true, or are lacking the consideration of some other truth.
Truth and reason cannot bear contradiction. Truth is internally consistent. No truth, on any subject, can be inconsistent with another truth.
Demonstration and empirical evidence help us towards truth. The mind is made for truth as the eye is made for light. The mind is not really satisfied unless it knows something is true. A person who professes that lying is good, will get angry when he is lied to.
If one doesn't grasp these fundamentals, he will flounder in argument without as solid foundation.
Empirical evidence: 1917 at Fatima, Portugal. Scientists who pride themselves in reason and normally put empirical evidence on a pedestal, do not want to touch this. It is a glaring silence. From memory, over 25,000 people, religious and anti-religious, and documented in the anti-Catholic press, witnessed the sun spiral towards the earth, and flash out rainbow colors, witnesses thinking the sun was plummeting to the earth. The earth was just previously soaking wet due to heavy rains. Within minutes everything and everyone was dry. No sunburn, no harm to the eyes of the people looking at the sun.
Scientists don't really want to touch this empirical evidence. Atheists included. When what they normally put on a pedestal wholesale, and then perpetual fear in certain instances, we conclude great significance exists they don't want to face.