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Based on experience and observation, I generally agree. My only question would be who defines the mind/course changing facts? In an interview or test situation, one would have to be able to recognize when the company defined fact is being given.
What has this to do with the Church? Intellectual honesty and intellectual humility play an important role in our debates obviously. The problem being the same as above, who gets to define what a fact is as we often disagree even on those.
I can't help but think we should "graduate" from enforcing 'CFR' on each other to grading our assertions using Graham's Hierarchy of Disagreement:
Thus we can move on from waiting and punishing for a CFR or lack thereof to simply downgrading the 'offending' assertion to, say, a Contradiction as opposed to a Counterargument.
What think ye?
What did you think Church ball was for anyway?
I am thankful for discussion boards such as Mormon Dialouge because it provides a platform for people to share ideas about who they percieve God to be and whom they worship. I am not an academic or an apologist, simply a person who identifies with being a follower of Christ "Christian". So I ask for grace as I try to share my heart. I hold strong convictions to my beliefs but I also desire to seek to understand where other people are coming from too. I believe to truly love one another, understanding and respect must go with that. Part of loving others I also understand is sharing your understanding of truth, "witnessing to one another ect". I see the place for deep discussions, research, debates etc but I wonder if we would be better served trying to live out Deuteronomy 4:29 regardless if we align our beliefs with LDS, orthodox Christianity or other.
"But if from there you shall seek the LORD your God, you shall find him, if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul." Deuteronomy 4:29
Do you aggree with this scripture? What do you understand this scripture to mean? If not why and if so than I ask is this; If we were to truly live out Deuteronomy 4:29 what would you expect the outcome to be in an idividuals life?
Sometimes, I'd rather share this verse with someone and encourage the same action in my own life, rather than argue about scriptures, interpreations. My belief, Is that I follow the true and Living God (that is probably yours too ) Perhaps, Orthodox Christians might have some things wrong, vice a versa. I believe both faith's, believe that we have a loving creator, who loves everyone and desires us all to come in to right relationship with him (?) That is something powerful to have in common if that is really the case! God so loves us even while we are sinners and get things wrong. Do we ever complicate things more than we need to?
Well, there are some of my thoughts. I pray that I make some sense, if not, please simply extend your grace.