September 11th 2003, 08:23 AM #1
Bill the Cat's pick for 09-11-2003 ~ John Powell - The last "Mormon" standingOriginally posted by John Powell in the thread 'nother question for John Powell. on 09-11-2003
It's good to have a devil's advocate around.
What's even stranger is that only the Devil's Advocate sticks around defending Mormonism after all the real Mormons left. One left with a big "pity-me" attitude in the Locker Room.
It does not surprise me. Mormons are taught to avoid "contentious" arguments, meaning those in which they feel uncomfortable because "contention is of the devil" and the uncomfortable feeling is an indication that the influence of the Holy Ghost is weak or near gone. What this amounts to is that they tend to avoid discussions where their opponent speaks strongly or fails to come around after a while. Also, they are strongly directed to avoid speaking to people who openly discuss the Temple endowment.
If people at TWEB were easily persuaded by their arguments and heart-felt testimonies to accept the Missionary discussions and many of those eventually joined the church then you'd find Mormons flocking to TWEB. Mormons are encouraged to go where they will be successful in producing conversions and avoid other places that are a waste of time relative to that goal.
I do care if my Mormon-supportive arguments fail, but I don't take it so personally as they do.
John PowellI may not yet be as old as dirt, but dirt and I are starting to have an awful lot in common... Stephen Donaldson - Author of my favorite series (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant)
S'cuse me... oops, I'm sorry... I didn't see your sign - Bill Engvall
September 11th 2003, 08:27 AM #2
More good attitudes for TWebbers!
September 11th 2003, 12:22 PM #3
John Powell"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and this is an extraordinary claim," eminent cosmologist and astrophysicist Martin Rees told Reuters.
". . . the general rule in science is that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." ---College Level Science Textbook: Astronomy, 9th Edition, pg. 3.
"14. It is a basic principle of science that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." Expert witness testimony in Court case. http://www.quackwatch.com/02Consumer.../newwomyn.html
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