How did 52 highly educated, intelligent Republican senators sit through hours of skillfully presented arguments by the House managers which produced massive evidence of the abuse of power by President Donald Trump and not have their minds changed?
Answer: They already had their minds made up before the trial even started!
Remaining loyal to “the tribe” or group is often more important for many people than acknowledging evidence proving the position of the group wrong, in particular when the group is under attack by a perceived enemy.
I believe that the same is true with many conservative Christians. Conservative Christians believe that they are under attack. “Evil liberals and atheists” are out to destroy their cherished way of life. Christians believe that they are involved in a war for the heart and soul of America. In a war, one should never retreat. Never give one inch. Never admit your side is wrong.
That is why arguing, debating conservative Christians rarely achieves anything positive. Just like the 52 Republican senators, their minds are already made up, regardless of the evidence you present to them.
So what is left?
I believe all that is left is 1) to ridicule their supernatural beliefs, depriving them of their social acceptability, or 2) to use the Socratic Method with them.
Ridiculing conservative Christians is easy. It takes no effort. Engaging conservative Christians with the Socratic Method takes a lot of patience and time…but it may be the best method to debunk their ancient, superstitious belief system.
What do you think, reader?
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