freedom in a vacuum chamber
The fundamentalist is passionately excited to exhort people to explore their faith, test it, see if it is true, search the scriptures, and experience it. These things are explored on the emotional level, the subjective level. And books are written which are filled with chapter after chapter of that which cannot be tested beyond one’s emotional experience or submission to blind belief in the ideas themselves.
But when I ask if the texts themselves can be critically examined I am met with blank stares at best, but typically blank responses. The wall comes up, the wall that says, “I will not allow myself to contemplate your question.” I think that is what it means to, “hold every thought captive to Christ,” for them. And responses attacking means by which evidence can be weighed are spoken, without my even bringing up any information which could contradict their sense of biblical inerrency. It is very frustrating, I feel like I am in a vacuum chamber, deprived of oxygen.