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The logical reasons (rather than the emotional reasons) for retaining a belief (eg. in Christianity) need to be stronger than those for its initial acceptance.
- The reason for this is that a great deal is taken on trust at conversion to a world view (eg. to Christianity or to any other system of beliefs involving a paradigm shift). This state of affairs may appear to be avoidable & certainly regrettable but is necessary for a number of reasons.
- Firstly, there is usually a degree of ignorance at this stage about what all the propositions of the world view actually are, and certainly about how they fit in with, or conflict with, the residue of one's beliefs about the world that have been retained from a previous outlook. A world view may be considered to be a game or model (of life) and the inner structure of any game may only be explored by playing it.
- Secondly, given our limited life-spans, urgent action is called for. We have already demonstrated that certainty is unattainable. Hence, we will often have to "try out" a world view before we are (or, possibly, become) fully convinced of its truth.
- Eventually, it is necessary for the holder of any world view (eg. Christianity) to examine thoroughly each of the doctrines of that world view to see whether or not his trust has been misplaced.
- In practise, the above examination is a continuous process because one's knowledge of the world is continually growing.
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