Theists who are honest about their intellectual dishonesty

Tom Cocklereece writes  a blog called: Simple Discipleship Weblog -- Helping Churches Make Disciple-Making Disciples. He posted an entry by a guest writer called:

Why Don’t Smart People Get Jesus? By Guest Writer: Rachel Fox

I was quickly reading through the article, thinking about how choices in fonts can really impact the joy of reading, when a few sentences just jumped out at me. Sometimes a quote is so honest that it hurts to read.

So, why don’t smart people get Jesus?

*Spoiler Alert*

"So, why don’t smart people get Jesus?

Simply because they lack a child-like faith. Instead of beginning with the foundation, they attempt to begin by building the high walls of theology and education."

How does one "begin with the foundation?"

"We should reason according to the beliefs we already have, according to our simple faith. We should learn about Christian theology and other theologies with the understanding that what we already believe is totally true."

It's rare that I get an example of "How to not think about things and other self-delusions" in such succinct and coherent language. It is simply amazing to me that a person could actually write those sentences and not realize that they are promoting Anti-Thinking as a virtue.

Want to know an exact formula for propagating dogmatic belief through the ages? Encourage children to "learn about other theologies with the understanding that what we already believe is totally true."

At an absolutely fundamental level, that approach is an intellectually dishonest way of operating.

An intellectually honest approach does not evaluate evidence with a predetermined conclusion.

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