I came across this quote today (attributed to Chicago Sun-Times journalist Sydney J. Harris) while reading Howard J. Van Till’s “FROM CALVINISM TO FREETHOUGHT: The Road Less Traveled“:
“It is impossible to reason a man out of something he has not been reasoned into. When people have acquired their beliefs on an emotional level, they cannot be persuaded out of them on a rational level, no matter how strong the proof or logic behind it. People will hold onto their emotional beliefs and twist the facts to meet their version of reality.” Why do you believe in evolutionism, special creationism, atheism, or [fill in the blank]? Did you come to believe it through a reasoning process, or do you admit that you have (or may have) an emotional attachment to it that’s stronger than your intellect? Heck, is that even a fair question?