Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Self-Awareness, Lack Thereof

Surely pastor Billy Graham's advice to a correspondent worried about "cults" belongs in the George W. Bush Memorial Lack-of-Self-Awareness Hall of Fame, an institution that does not appear to exist but should:

One characteristic of cults is that they strongly believe they alone are right in their beliefs and everyone else is wrong. Thus they reject the central truths of the Bible that Christians have held in common for almost 2,000 years and substitute their own beliefs for the clear teaching of Scripture.
The surprisingly-still-alive pastor approaches the foothills of a valid insight when he declares that cults tend to "strongly believe they alone are right in their beliefs and everyone else is wrong." But here, where he might have given a defensible basis for distinguishing warranted from unwarranted belief, he simply asserts his own unwarranted beliefs, gesturing lazily toward "central truths of the Bible" that he doesn't even deign to enumerate, let alone substantiate.

Sadly, that hall of fame will be quite crowded and will need plenty of floor space.

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