I’ve lived on both sides of the faith question–the skeptic and the believer. That’s been an education in avoiding bias confirmation syndrome, which in turn has been an education in reasoned argumentation.
This article from Mother Jones summarizes why I don’t like debating politics or theology, and why the older and wiser folks we know always say that Christian faith isn’t ultimately about logical reasons, even though they do exist.
Faith arises from a passionate desire for God’s personal intervention in one’s heart and life, not just the intellectual understanding of good, evil and the historical data-driven evidence for Christianity. Without that desire, evidence can easily be interpreted or assumed out of the question. And this holds for both sides of any issue.
“…these results are a fairly strong refutation of what is called the ‘deficit model’ in the field of science and technology studies—the idea that if people just had more knowledge, or more reasoning ability, then they would be better able to come to consensus with scientists and experts on issues like climate change, evolution, the safety of vaccines, and pretty much anything else involving science or data…”
I can’t force anyone’s heart desires. That never works on any level, with any subject, ever. It leads only to shame-based, pressure-based false agreement, or (which is probably more healthy and honest) overt destruction of relationship.
So I’ll write and discuss, and even express myself passionately at times. But there’s nothing to argue about here.
HT: Laurie M.