Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"Keep a closed mind"

I'm going to file this under "are you f#$#ing kidding me?!" The following is from an opinion piece by evangelist Daniel Norris, complaining about pastors losing their faith. He faults people like Richard Dawkins for "creat[ing] a worldly secret place where weak and weary worshippers can go and encourage one another in their doubts," and offers his own set of safeguards against leaving the faith.

His first point -- and, I swear, I did a doubletake to check if this was satire -- is to:

Keep a closed mind

Seriously. You see, while "[o]pen-mindedness is celebrated as an enlightened virtue, one that should be embraced at all times towards all things," Norris knows better. You see, "sooner or later, your path of discovery has to lead you to a place of decision". Apparently, this is the point when you shut your mind. Because it's impossible to ever reach a wrong conclusion, so you should just stop thinking about it. Accept that you're right, and don't admit any evidence that contradicts you; there should be no "debating" and no "persuading" possible. You've made up your mind and closed it; which, apparently, gives your belief the sanction of Truth.

His final point is really quite stupid, too.

[S]tay in the closet
If, by some sorry chance, a challenging fact happens to slip through the filter and enter your closed-mind, you are to shut up. Do not admit your doubt. Shut your mind to it, do not air it, and keep on believing.

I can't think of worse or more intellectually dishonest advice to offer anyone, about any topic (not just religion). This is more or less on par with Luther's "reason is the devil's harlot": thinking and admitting facts, bad. Closed-minded obstinacy, good. Ugh...

DInterestingly, Dawkins has helped create a worldly secret place where weak and weary worshippers can go and encourage one another in their doubts. Thankfully, I have my own secret place where this weak and weary warrior can go and be encouraged in God’s truth. I’m not coming out! - See more at: http://news.charismanews.com/opinion/from-the-frontlines/42775-why-are-so-many-pastors-coming-out-of-the-closet-as-atheists#sthash.lKmN6K8Q.dpuf
Interestingly, Dawkins has helped create a worldly secret place where weak and weary worshippers can go and encourage one another in their doubts. Thankfully, I have my own secret place where this weak and weary warrior can go and be encouraged in God’s truth. I’m not coming out! - See more at: http://news.charismanews.com/opinion/from-the-frontlines/42775-why-are-so-many-pastors-coming-out-of-the-closet-as-atheists#sthash.lKmN6K8Q.dpuf

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