spblat wrote:That's kind of my point 7od. Sure, widespread delusion threatens the species. But is there a self-interest argument that can sway some of the moderate believers?
from the stand point of trying to sway believers, i doubt it. i would think most christians would be adverse to abandoning their beliefs for "self-interested" reasons. any reason that you give them which "betters their lives" at the expense of their "personal relationship with jesus" would come off as unseemly to them. like saving a few bucks by not paying child support.
but i return to my global warming example. i do think it can be effective to say "your beliefs DO have an impact on the world YOU live in. and you and your children are going to have deal with the consequences of the way we treat our environment" If you believe gods going to clean your bedroom, no sense in cleaning up, no sense in making your bed. this is the way many christians think about the environment.
if there is no god, it is OUR responsibility to make sure future generations are able to live on this planet.