Nail that Jello!
I have noticed a pattern--in general--between believers and nonbelievers. Believers by and large want an authority in their lives and/or believe that they need one. Unbelievers seem to by and large think that autonomy is life's greatest gift.
I think that "by and large" you're seeing what you want to see as opposed to what's actually there.
Take something simple like "chocolate vs. vanilla."
How easy do you think it is to split 100 people into those 2 camps?
Would you be surprised to see that most people in either camp will still eat the other flavor?
Out of those who eat both would you be surprised to see that some really like one over the other, while others only slightly like one over the other.
Check the same people again 2 weeks later. Would you be surprised to see that some people now pick the other flavor?
People are different.
On top of that, people change... they are not static.
If it's so messed up with something as simple as chocolate and vanilla... don't you think it would be even more difficult with something more complex like Believers vs. Unbelievers?
|Believers by and large want an authority in their lives and/or believe that they need one. Unbelievers seem to by and large think that autonomy is life's greatest gift.|
Many unbelievers want an authority in their lives and/or believe that they need one. They just don't see "God" as that authority.
Many believers think that autonomy is life's greatest gift... as long as they are autonomously "following God's ideas."
Many will show the facet of one over the other in this situation, but then show the opposite in another situation, because adapting is one of our greatest skills as humans.
It is easy to make a classification.
Just don't be surprised when someone you think is "already classified" goes ahead and does something different from what you pegged them for.
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