The topic of debating creationists inevitably comes up from time to time, and we’ve written about it before — see Debating Creationists is Dumber Than Creationism, and also Debating Creationists, Revisited. Today we’ll consider the subject again.
The flow chart above this post may seem a bit simplified, but it’s actually the way creationists have been “educated” — or rather trained — from their earliest years. They think that because we may die at any moment, what they are at that moment, what they believe, will determine whether they spend eternity in glory, sitting on some fluffy cloud with others like them, or whether they’ll be boiling and burning in the Lake of Fire.
That’s the attitude they bring with them when they listen to you. You are, knowingly or not, the devil’s agent. They must disregard the evidence you present. They must dismiss your logical arguments. They’re probably not even aware of it, but they react that way automatically, in order to preserve their situation in the afterlife.
It’s somewhat like the way a lab rat can be conditioned to press one button and get the cheese, and to avoid the other which will give him a nasty electric shock. From childhood, the creationist knows what button is good for him, and by the time he reaches adulthood, if he hasn’t somehow shaken off his early training, he will never do so. Nothing you can ever tell him or show him will make any difference.
He senses that his training will stay strong if it receives reinforcement, and that’s what he gets from creationist preachers and creationist websites. Probably his greatest experience will come from visiting a creationist museum, and giving money to its proprietor. As the moth seeks the flame, the simpleton seeks the charlatan.
So go ahead and debate that creationist, if you enjoy spending your time that way. Your Curmudgeon has better things to do. Creationists aren’t for debating with, they’re for laughing at. That’s what we do here.
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