The reasons for this vulnerability to frauds is probably all too obvious to people who have decided to be led by the evidence, wherever it may lead, and who base their conclusions on evidence, reserve judgement when the evidence is lacking and change their minds when the evidence changes. Christians have a sacred and fixed conclusion which has to be defended and protected at all costs, even at the cost of intellectual honesty and personal integrity. Their mind has to be firmly closed to contradictory evidence when even considering that the conclusion might be wrong risks the wrath and damnation of their imaginary 'friend' in the sky.Read the whole post. (Hat tip to Infidel753.)
Because their conclusion has to be defended and because they have no evidence on which it is based, and despite their frequent disparaging of evidence in favour of 'faith', they are a ready, willing and eager market for people trying to sell them confirmation and lies dressed up as evidence. This makes them almost uniquely vulnerable to frauds and liars and why so many preachers and Christian apologists are almost indistinguishable from con artists and fraudsters. They are indistinguishable because, for the most part, that's exactly what they are. Parasites exploiting vulnerable and defenceless hosts.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Rosa Rubicondior on the Fundamentalist Mind
Why are fundamentalists so easily manipulated? In a recent post on the debacle surrounding The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, Rosa Rubicondior offered insights into the fundamentalist mind. Even though Rosa is describing Christian fundamentalist, the observation would hold equally true for fundamentalists and ideologues of any stripe.