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      There's No Such Thing as an Open Minded Person.

      Monday, September 22, 2008

      Many who stand for the notion that God has objectively spoken and established moral laws against such things as lying, stealing, adultery, and, yes, homosexuality are often met with this command from the objector:

      "Be open minded."

      The following argument that I wish to set forth as being not only valid but also sound is that there is no such thing as an open minded person. Yes, this means that everyone is close minded including those who wish to express their intent for others to be open minded.

      What makes one close minded? Well, in order to be close minded about a particular subject, one only needs to find a point at which they agree with one position because that agreement with one position will necessitate their disagreement of the opposite position. The person who believes that homosexuality is wrong is close minded toward the notion that homosexuality is right, but on the same token, the person who believes that homosexuality is right is close minded toward the notion that homosexuality is wrong. Do you see the dilemma? What's ironic, though, is that the person who is in favor of such things as homosexuality, fornication, blackmail, hypocrisy, etc, will very often use the argument "be open minded" to the person who is against those things even though this same individual is just as close minded as the one they are instructing. That's the dilemma in a nutshell.

      To refute all aspects of this notion of "open mindedness", though, let's take the strongest argument that the person who opposes what I've stated could use. Let's say hypothetically that there is a person who is truly open minded. They truly have their mind open to any and everything that has come and will come their way. How could this person be close minded? First we must realize that there are two views here: a) open mindedness and b) close mindedness. This is where it may get a little tricky for some, but keep up with it, and you should get the gist of the argument.: If a person is truly open minded (postion a) ), they have closed their mind off to the possibility that close mindedness (position b) ) is a viable option therefore the hypothetical "open minded" person is completely close minded to a certain position and that being the opposite one. Hence we have yet another case of the self-refuting argument.

      What's the point of this little endeavor? The next time someone tries to bully you with this notion of "being open minded" whether it be in regard to homosexuality, fornicating with them, being "Purpose Driven", and/or the practice of appealing to man's fallen nature to bring people into your local church-business, you can expose them of their hypocrisy and instruct them to repent accordingly.


      Saved said...

      That is a very good point and I will use that the next the opertunity presents itself.(and it will) And if I might add, only one month in law school and check out the brain on you already! Keep up the good work brother.

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      Joel Tay said...

      great article

      Anonymous said...

      Maybe you can get a scholarship here?


      Paul Latour said...

      I'm a close minded person who happens to agree with you on this very topic because I'm simultaneously open minded too.

      Ouch! My brain hurts. :)

      Great insight and truth, Lane! I'm going to use your argument as it comes up more often than not. Thanks!

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