Why Do So Many Conservative Christians Ignore Consensus Expert Opinion? Is it a Matter of Education?

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Gary:  The overwhelming majority of scholars do not believe that the Gospels are eyewitness sources.  Is it possible that your belief that the Gospels are eyewitness sources is based more on your warm, comforting feelings about your belief than on actual evidence?

Conservative Christian:   Feelings can misrepresent reality. I do not go on feelings. I depend on God’s word and the voice of the Holy Spirit. Those are not feelings.

Gary:  You have previously admitted that you cannot hear this alleged “voice” and the overwhelming majority of experts believe that the books you refer to as the “word” of the Creator God were written by non-eyewitnesses, living a generation or more removed in time from any possible eyewitnesses.  Isn’t that pretty poor evidence upon which to base your entire life and worldview? Isn’t it more likely that you believe what you believe simply because it makes you FEEL so good, safe, and comfortable?  If someone from another religion stated that he knows that his god is real because of an inner inaudible voice and the statements in his holy book, would you take him seriously???

Conservative Christian:  No, I wouldn’t.  But on what evidence do you base your entire life and worldview, Gary? I am not talking about atheism. That is not really a worldview. I am talking about a worldview that is Naturalistic. What evidence do you have for a natural origin of the universe? Opinions don’t count here, expert or not.  What evidence do you have for an unguided development of the universe? Opinions don’t count here.  What evidence do you have for unguided evolution? Opinions don’t count here.  Show me the money, Gary.

Gary:  My worldview is the Scientific Method.  It doesn’t answer all your questions, but in my view it is perfectly ok not to have all the answers.  In my worldview, it is better to not know all the answers to the questions, than to have answers which are not allowed to be questioned (doctrine/dogma).  As far as your other questions, I personally can’t give you any evidence.  Zero.  Nada.  Nothing at all.  So if the debate is between me, a non-expert and you, a non-expert, you win!  However, the overwhelming majority of experts do have evidence and they say that your fundamentalist Christian position is wrong on every one of these issues!  I suggest you study their research.  There’s a lot of it!

Most college educated people in the western world respect consensus expert opinion.  Why don’t you?  That’s a big problem for your worldview, my friend!

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2 thoughts on “Why Do So Many Conservative Christians Ignore Consensus Expert Opinion? Is it a Matter of Education?

  1. I’m so happy you’ve found somebody you can actually debate with. It’s really fascinating watching the two of you, in your own little world, debating stuff that is really of no relevance to so many others.

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