Wertbag Posted July 8, 2019 Share Posted July 8, 2019 One thing that I've come to realise, that some atheists don't seem to understand, is that when you say someone is wrong about an indoctrinated belief, you aren't just saying that person is wrong but everyone they know, care about and respect. If you show evidence to a Christian that god is fake the knee jerk reaction is that the evidence must be wrong. This is because it conflicts with the persons world view, their very understanding of reality, so it can't be correct. That world view is taught from birth by everyone around you. When you say "you are wrong" you are saying "your parents, your friends, your teachers, your loved ones, your ancestors, your elders and everyone else you know are all wrong". Faced with that people will say think the contradictory evidence must be wrong, as it couldn't have possibly deceived all those people. If you are born into a flat earth household and someone shows you proof of the globe, they are directly saying "your parents lied or are at least mis-led". No one wants to think ill of their parents, especially when they have shown you year after year just how honest and reliable they are. When it is your word verse their families who do you think they will side with? Even when the evidence is clear and beyond debate, the thought will be "well I don't know the answer, but that doesn't mean others with more knowledge don't. I'm sure elder Bob could answer this" and they don't need a lot of counter argument as they have already categorised the evidence as false, its just a matter of proving that, even superficially. It takes a lot of conscious effort to dig further and to not accept the answers already given. Most won't get there, but the earlier you can raise the doubts the better. This is where the internet is the game changer. Kids can come across new opinions long before they are indoctrinated, and when they ask some basic questions but get hand wave answers the framework starts to crumble. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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