I thoroughly enjoyed this honest, heart-felt interview with a fellow who, after years of evangelizing, Bible college, and ministry, has left the faith.
The following excerpt from the interview exposes a tendency in certain circles.
For me, the route to unbelief was solely intellectual. I made a conscious decision to be open-minded, to read the “opposition,” and go wherever the truth lead me – even if it was away from God. It doesn’t seem like many Christians are willing to be that open-minded. But I think it’s very important. Otherwise, through cognitive dissonance, we only see what agrees with our worldview, and reject and explain away what contradicts it. The beauty of reason is that we can consider any proposition and attempt to figure out whether it’s true or not. But religion already has the truth. It’s not seeking it. It’s defending it. That mindset has to be overcome.
Note that tendency he identifies: The tendency to circle the wagons around some part of the truth and make the sole purpose for living defense. Offense is no more desirable. It seems like healthy, constructive expressions of the truth would be better. Consider the Parable of the Talents. The best way to defend something is to bury it.
The worst way to use something is to turn it into a hammer, so everything else is approached as if it is a nail. The best way is to find constructive, creative uses for that something, whatever it is, and keep seeking new understandings of how to use it even better.