The fear of the unknown has been a powerful force for Christians over the years. If you let go of a particular doctrine, welcome a particular person, or adopt a particular belief, THERE’S NO TELLING WHERE IT COULD LEAD!
It’s amazingly effective for several reasons:
- There is no way to effectively dispute the future. It hasn’t happened yet.
- It doesn’t actually engage an idea or its implications for the present.
- It aims to keep listeners reliant on authority figures and gatekeepers for protection.
I’ve used the slippery slope argument myself in the past.
One day in seminary we were discussing Christian unity, and I mentioned my horror over a theoretical “liberal” Christian teaching my child’s Sunday school class. “THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN!!!” There’s no telling where a liberal teacher could lead my children…
My professor, who had a good bit of conservative Baptist in him, pushed me to rethink my…
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