RE: Theos-World Re: Creating authority under sweet name of "original teaching"
Sep 20, 2004 09:28 PM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck
Sept 20 2004
"Dishonesty" is a strong word, and needs precising.
Can you be more specific as to what points have not been answered
Are we talking history?
If that is so, then there are documents available to help us understand what
happened in the past even if presently, we cannot undo that "past."
The problem with documents is that some cherished notions may have to be
abandoned and that hurts. So ? "There is no religion higher than
truth." Is our motto.
Perhaps if those are made into a list help can be given
Sent: Sunday, September 19, 2004 2:06 AM
Subject: Creating authority under sweet name of "original teaching"
For a number of weeks, you and some of your well-meaning colleagues
have patiently repeated and re-repeated certain points of view, due
to the seeming inability of some contributors to understand your
Finally, you have challenged this apparent inability by suggesting
dishonesty. I concur, for such it is.
The forms of dishonesty you have highlighted are highly prized in
political circles, being age old techniques used to avoid the truth
Failing to answer questions directly, muddying the waters with
unrelated information, diverting the conversation onto other topics
and false accusations of an unsubstantiated nature are just some of
methods which have clearly been used by some, whether consciously or
unconsciously, in a vain attempt to defend the indefensible.
In essence, these are acts of violence because they summarily dismiss
others' points of view and attempt to overpower and dominate the
agenda with their own dogma.
This is disappointing for a discussion group such as this. Hiding
behind the respectability of free intellectual discussion to avoid
issues and unjustly condemn others is unethical and unacceptable.
This does not manifest freedom, it is merely the use of disreputable
tools of disempowerment to profess blind faith.
Best wishes to you and others for your quest for truth in debate.
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