Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Commentary Tidbits

Orlando Sentinel: 'Fundamentalist mind' explains why GOP won't compromise

National Catholic Reporter: Pope sends painfully mixed signals to abuse victims

The Atlantic: Why Did Pope Francis Meet With Kim Davis?

Politico: Donald Trump’s saving grace: Televangelists

Buzzfeed: I Asked An Anti-Marriage Equality Group For An Interview 17 Times And They Never Replied

Slate: The Planned Parenthood Hearing Shows How out of Step Republicans Are With America

The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser: The Closing of the Evangelical Mind


  1. Interesting read on "The Closing of the Evangelical Mind." It is fascinating to me how a person's world view (i.e. religious faith) filters his/her perception of various things and events.

    This is particularly so with people who are otherwise intelligent. For example, the gifted doctor who demonstrates the critical thinking skills necessary to accurately make a difficult diagnosis yet doesn't believe in evolution because it's not consistent with his belief in the creation; or the skilled and very analytical/critically thinking lawyer who is absolutely adamant that climate change is a hoax.

    I know many people like this and their refusal to consider objective facts and data can be incredibly frustrating. I suppose that is why I read everything I can find on this topic. Thanks for the link Ahab!

    1. Agi Tater -- Fundamentalists must be masters of compartmentalization, in that they can use critical thinking skills with finesse one moment and abandon critical thinking the next moment. I have trouble wrapping my head around it.


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