Dear Andy, who’s more closed-minded, atheists or theists, and why? (And yes, this is a generalization).
Well, to know who’s more closed-minded, I think we first need to define what it means to be “closed-minded” in the context that it’s most often used in today’s culture. For instance, Christians are accused of being closed-minded because, instead of accepting many theories and beliefs as true, we choose to keep to one Truth. However, many who claim to be “open-minded” happen to believe that Truth is relative – it exists only in relation to what they believe to be true. Actually, I’m not even sure they believe in any truth at all, for unless it’s inclusive (or relative), they’re not willing to believe it – they flat out reject it. But in everything, there has to be an absolute Truth. So technically speaking, those who aren’t willing to believe in the One Absolute Truth, those who claim to be “open-minded”, are actually closed-minded, for they refuse to believe that which is true. Confused?
I sometimes like to bring math in to help with such conversations, for numbers have a way of not compromising. For instance, 3+3 will always equal 6. Now, you could say that it equals 7 because you want it to, or because you actually believe it does, but no matter how you calculate it (even with common core), the truth of the matter is that it equals 6. A good example of this is an old bit from Abbott and Costello, where Costello proves 3 ways (his ways) that 13×7=28. I mean, he shows them by addition, multiplication, and division, and every way he does it, it always comes out to 13×7=28. This is an example of truth being relative, for it only comes out that way because he wants to believe that he’s doing the math correctly. But when you do the math correctly, 13×7 will always equal 91. Sure, Costello argues it, but if there’s going to be a right way and a wrong way of doing math – a true way of calculating – then Costello’s math has to be wrong, no matter how badly he wants to believe it’s right.
On that note, to say that something is true means that something has to be false (or untrue). But to say that there’s no truth is to say that everything is actually untrue, or false. So those who claim to be “open-minded”, who say they believe everything, can’t be “open-minded”, for they refuse to believe that one Truth exists.
Also, to say that something is false or a matter of opinion means that something has to be true or fact. That one thing that’s true and fact is what we Christians stand on. Does that mean we Christians are more closed-minded?