Detecting an Apologist
Know when to detect an Apologist, whether Religious or Social Skeptic, and be able to distinguish and contrast them from persons who legitimately promote rational thought or science.
An Apologist is pushing a certain set of beliefs and agendas. Agendas are not the same as principles. This is key. Principles are unbiased techniques which improve a process and tend to unify – agendas require adherence to specific objective tenets of a program or membership; and polarize.
Apologetics, as a modern practice was reapplied from the Greek classical thought as an academic defense of the Christian Religion, which ruled Western academia up until the 18th Century.
Remember however – that the practices in academia have not changed since the tyranny of the pre-Industrial Revolution – only the religion they enforce has changed.
This is the subtle key to understanding the mind of the Apologician, both Religious and Social Skeptic.
Practice of Apologetics – apolo-gist (uh pahl’ uh jist) n. [[Fr apologiste, apo– from, logos– speak, gist– one; Gr apologeisthai, to speak in defense]] a person who writes or speaks in defense or justification of a specific doctrine, faith, teaching, action, etc. Caveat Eritis (Researcher Beware – lit. “let they who would study take caution”)
1. The Apologist, despite what they may imply, does not represent any higher subjective institution such as God, Science or Academia.
2. An Apologist will impute excessive significance to academic or divine credentials – and their own status therein.
3. The Apologist does not carry the credential of a field unless they are actively employed to research that field.
4. An Apologist will imply that their qualifications in one field of study lend basis for credibility in another field.
5. An Apologist who attempts to influence by fear is to be ignored (even if they offer “good news”).
6. An Apologist will attempt to pork barrel their beliefs hidden inside of proven theory.
7. An Apologist will declare a subject already resolved and imply or cite that you are unaware.
8. An Apologist will seek to blur clarity between science principle, evidence and personal philosophy.
9. An Apologist will pass extrapolations or interpolations off partial data as proven fact.
10. An Apologist will focus on only a few high profile examples on any issue and will have pat conclusions to address each. (Anecdotal)
11. An Apologist will refuse to deal with aggregate data or confidence intervals on unwelcome topics.
12. An Apologist will deal in plausible denial pat answers and discourse only on a case by case basis.
13. An Apologist will not pursue the Scientific Method if it introduces unwelcome topics.
14. An Apologist will attempt to make your view or open mind subservient to some external or written unquestionable authority.
15. Apologists who deride views as pedestrian, ignorant, or in mock comical fashion are to be eschewed, regardless of credentials held. Their character has been revealed.
16. An Apologist will quote one-liners or written quips rather than tender honest unprejudiced personal reflections.
17. Apologists will seek to proselytize the young.
18. Apologists bristle at an increase in information.
19. Apologists do not think that others can be trusted with information. Conclusions only, are to be tendered to the masses.
20. An Apologist will derogate the thoughts of and attack persons who are not in their club.
21. An Apologist will not listen to you, and will already have your position constrained and defined for you.
22. An Apologist does not have an opinion, they promulgate new policy and thinking.
23. An Apologist aggregates diverse groups all into one commonly held condemned thought set.
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