QotD – Cognitive Dissonance – 05.21.2016

Your man has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to have a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing around together inside his head.  He doesn’t think of doctrines as primarily ‘true’ or ‘false’, but as ‘academic’ or ‘practical’, ‘outworn’ or ‘contemporary’, ‘conventional’ or ‘ruthless’.  Jargon, not argument, is you best ally in keeping him from the Chruch.  Don’t waste time trying to make him think that materialism true!  Make him think it is strong, or stark, or courageous–that it is the philosophy of the future.  That’s the sort of thing he cares about.   – Uncle Screwtape to Wormwood

(C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters, Letter 1)

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