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Message 94 of 98 (917319)
04-02-2024 1:37 AM
Reply to: Message 93 by dwise1
04-01-2024 9:11 PM

Re: The Miserable End of Darwinism
It's a cult tactic.
Not exaggerating - apologetics is for the cult members, not anyone else. It's the same with door-to-door proselytizing, like the Jehova's Witnesses do, or the Mormon missions.
The intent is not to convert new people. if it happens, it's a bonus.
The intent is to make the cult members feel even more rejected by the "outside world." To recognize unbelievers are "lost" or "evil." Make them more dependent on the church, make them more socially isolated except for the specific relationships the church wants to foster.
In the case of apologetics...similar to conspiracy theories, you wind up with a tribalized separation of "enlightened" believers who "know the truth," and the poor misguided or even maliciously deceptive unbelievers. It's all about establishing a difference between the in-group and the out-group, reinforcing the in-group identity subsuming the individual identity, and ensuring that the believer will feel isolation/alienation/threatened by the out-group.
It has never been about cogent arguments or establishing rational belief through evidence.

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