I would like to begin by saying I am sure there are plenty of people out there that do not think I am intelligent in the slightest. They may be correct, but this is not the the point of this post. When speaking about a belief you have, whether it be a religious belief, you must have reasons for holding it. The only thing I am asking you for is, "What do you believe and why?". If I find something that I happen to disagree with, then I'll ask you to defend your belief. At this point, after questioning your belief and showing you exactly where I think your errors are, I start receiving comments such as: "You're trying to use logic too much" or "You're too smart to talk to". Intelligence has nothing to do with this conversation! If you hold a belief, just tell me the reasons for which you hold this belief. When I point out the fallacies in the way you are reasoning, one of three things should happen:
- Tell me I am the one who is mistaken and defend your belief
- Recognize my criticisms and tell me you'll get back to me as you do more research while you think through your reasoning
- Recognize my criticisms and change your mind
Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below! Off to class! Have a great day!