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Why I Welcome People Who Are Gay (Part 3)

Confirmation Bias is the tendency to consume only information that confirms what we already believe.

After 20 years of experience in pastoral ministry, I’ve lost count of the conversations I have had with people who held very strong emotional convictions but were not able to articulate logical reasons why.

In addition to confirmation bias, unfortunately, many of us hold opinions based on emotional reasons and social conditioning:

  • Perhaps family and friends have influenced our conviction, and we know that if we were to change our minds, our relationship with them might be strained. What do your family and friends believe about the issue, and how might that influence you?
  • Perhaps we consume media that only conforms what we already believe. How does what you watch on TV, listen to on the radio or read online influence your beliefs?

If we “feel” strongly about an issue but cannot explain why using rational statements that stand up to questioning, this should cause us to consider that we may be wrong on the issue and honestly examine why we believe what we believe.

Read the entire article about Confirmation Bias here- http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/06/23/confirmation-bias/

(Go to “Why I Welcome Those Who Are Gay- Part 4”)


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