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Interacting with people in various college campuses and universities for the purpose of evangelism and apologetics, I’m amazed at how regularly in the beginning of the conversation, some tell us to read things beyond what we believe, assuming that our Christian faith and Conservative views imply our ignorance of “the other side”.

Here’s a summary of two different studies on this topic of reading “the other side”

Originally from Yahoo, “People Choose News that Fits their Views”,

http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/peoplechoosenewsthatfitstheirviews

Conservatives buck the trend

Some findings from both researchers suggest that individual confidence and certainty play a role in what people choose to read.

People with stronger party affiliation, conservative political views, and greater interest in politics proved more likely to click on articles with opposing views, according to the Ohio State study.

“It appears that people with these characteristics are more confident in their views and so they’re more inclined to at least take a quick look at the counterarguments,” Knobloch-Westerwick noted.

However, Knobloch-Westerwick added that her latest study was not designed to assess reader motives, and that she hopes to more carefully study the issue in the future.

The Brigham Young University survey found that journalists also tended to read liberal blogs – perhaps a reflection of journalists’ political beliefs, although even conservatives said liberal blogs were often better-written, Davis pointed out.

Among the political blog readers, a similar trend emerged in which “liberals read almost exclusively liberal blogs, but conservatives tend to read both,” Davis said.

Davis offered another possible explanation for this trend among blog readers. Conservative views dominate talk radio, and so conservatives may feel more satisfied by that outlet and are willing to check out opposing views on blogs.

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Interested in applying for Master’s College or are you attending Master’s college right now?

David Wheaton who runs Christian Worldview website and radio show has a $5,000 essay contest.

FROM http://thechristianworldview.com/tcwblog/archives/556

The Master’s College Essay Contest deadline has been extended to Wednesday, February 18th.

Win a $5000 Scholarship to The Master’s College, one of the best Christian colleges in the world and led by president John MacArthur.

The Master’s College Essay Contest on The Christian Worldview

Grand prize: One $5000 tuition scholarship to The Master’s College PLUS complimentary airfare, lodging, and meals to College View Weekend, March 26-28, 2009 at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA.

Entry prize: All entrants will receive a free copy of John MacArthur’s excellent book, “Think Biblically: Recovering a Christian Worldview“.

Eligibility: All students – high school or college – who could attend The Master’s College in 2009 or 2010.

Essay topic: Describe a time of trial or suffering you have seen or experienced and how God accomplished His purposes through it.

Taken from theme of The Master’s College Truth and Life Conference, January 14-16, 2009: “Living in a Broken World: Suffering in the Life of the Believer”

Essay length: 1000 – 1500 words

Deadline: Wednesday Feb. 18, 2009

Winner announced: About a week after the deadline.  Winning essay will be posted on TheChristianWorldview.com.

Submit to: David Wheaton

Email: feedback@TheChristianWorldview.com
Send essay in body of email and/or as a .txt or .doc file attachment (not .docx).

Mail:
David Wheaton
P.O. Box 401
Excelsior, MN 55331
Re: The Master’s College Essay Contest

Include the following on first page or cover page:

First and last name
Age, school, year
Address
Phone number
Email address
Essay title
Word count

Honor code: By submitting essay, you are pledging that you are the original author of your essay.

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This verse was in my mind today:

18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:
   “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
      the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[c]

(FROM 1Corinthians 1:18)

I was involved with evangelism today, with this Christian club tabling

It was instantly crazy, when this guy who was mocking the Christian faith two days ago coming to our table

THe guys and gals from the club recognized him

He got angry instantly and a crowd circled us

He said everything was a dream and an illusion (but then he said that I was in “reality” stupid!)

I didn’t say much but he felt that the listening crowd was ganging up on him

I barely got to point out some logical fallacies he committed let alone fully interaction with his worldview

He was so spiteful and insulting that the nonbelievers in the crowd was trying to plead him to calm down; a fight almost broke out between him and another non-Christian that was agreeing with him because he was so mean to everyone

I talked to the nonbeliever that almost punched the first guy; it was more decent and more calm and I thought we had some meaningful exchange

That at least was proof that there can be dialogues where those who disagree can be respectful

After the second guy, a third guy arrived, who returned from last week

He ended up saying he was a relativist and denied the laws of non-contradiction and had a “do what ever you want” philosophy

So I took his wallet out of his pocket from his jeans and I kept his ten dollars and I asked if it was right or wrong; he said its right only if I have a need and I mentioned about my debt from UCLA so it was justified in his worldview…he chuckled and got the idea but wanted the money back: I gave it to him back.

In denying the laws of noncontradiction, he ended up affirming that the blue male cow did indeed shoot JFK in November 22nd 1963 but that *SHE* was indeed all *green* and *did not exist* while being *half-pregnant* so *it* did *not shoot* the *purple platypus* in the *near future*but instead saved Barney the Purple *Alligator* that was Clinton’s mom

(You might go, what?, my point exactly)

I asked him when his take-home midterms was due: He said in two week and I told him that two weeks meant many weeks from now, or the finals week to be exact. He agreed.  Then I added it was also due last week so he might as well hand me his unfinished paper to be thrown away since it was too late.

HE was trying to be consistent with his denial of noncontradiction

Yet, in order to be consistent, he was acting inconsistent to what his worldview is

Let Scripture informs us,

18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:
   “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
      the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[c]

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James White.

An Open Letter to Dr. Lee Carter

Dr. Carter Responds

A Second Open Letter to Dr. Lee Carter

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