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Big Bang (Origin) Of Religious Fallacy: & Misunderstanding Jesus

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Posted by M.W.Pearson on April 15, 2004 05:21:47 UTC

In science or religion, debates sometimes rage without either side considering the possibility the other side might actually be (even partly) correct.
Without considering the other side's argument the way they themselves comprehended it, how can one learn anything?
This is the big bang of fallacy -- that you never actually considered the other's view might be correct. You simply tried to defeat it at any cost. No thing would be admitted as truth if it supported the other's view.
Therefore you only achieved the opinion you started with, supported by an increasing body of
evidence which was screened according to fallacious criteria -- namely, whether it fed your vanity. Unfortunately, this rhetoric has been used to support authoritarian views many times, when actually, authoritarian views are equally likely to be fallacious and feeding vanity.
Therefore we have the impasse on many social issues which should or could have yielded great expansions of comprehension and goodwill if considered in the spirit of real learning.

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