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  • Michael Meadon

    Wow. I didn’t know they were THIS stupid. But it makes sense in light of:

    I’m not so sure, though, that you can talk of a trend of greater ignorance. Do we know previous generations of Christians knew more about their religion?

    • Jacques

      Thanks for that link, Michael. As to your question, we don’t know that earlier generations of Christians knew more, I suppose. But until the age of 20 or so, I was quite heavily involved with the church, and I certainly remember a more considered and nuanced discource being prevalent then. Bad evidence for all sorts of reasons, I know, but perhaps we can say that they are likely to be more ignorant and superficial in their theology now, on the grounds that people are in general more ill-disciplined, epistemologically (cf. attention economy and the like)?

  • Michael Meadon

    I’m rather suspicious of claims about trends of this kind: it’s suspiciously old-fogeyish “back in MY day…”. I’d certainly like to see data about trends in bad epistemology before I’d form an opinion either way. It seems to me that people have always been stupid (or, more charitably, epistemologically confused) and probably always will be.

  • JPR

    Germane in a general fashion, particular to America:
    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’.” — Isaac Asimov

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