I’m beginning to think that religious “apologetics” is NOT (primarily) directed at “opponents”:

Telling quotes from George Orwell:

  • In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird.
  • The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact. The very word “war”, therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming continuous war has ceased to exist.

I’m beginning to think that’s where “apologetics” comes in:

It is NOT primarily designed to ‘convince” those originating from “outside” of a given social/religious “box”.  Rather, it is designed to “answer” such elements of a given “faith community”  who manage to exhibit some level of intellect/critical thinking etc.

“Apologetics” is about neutralizing (or even “recruiting”) the less bone-ignorant of your OWN populace.

 

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