Sorry, Rob Bell, Love NEVER Wins?

The mere existence of these “black sheep” threatens to blur the important beliefs that differentiate Christians from everyone else. Rather than remaining cognitively open to our fellow followers of Christ who might offer a much-needed perspective, we dig our heels in and seek cognitive closure. In doing so, we tell ourselves that these people are black sheep who deserve the black sheep treatment – and we are happy to oblige by calling them a heretic.

To read more, please see Cristena Cleveland at this link:
Recovering Evangelical’s “Why Love Rarely Wins”

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  1. Charles

    The post was written for Christians, describing what goes on in churches, so the language involved a lot of “Christians do this” and “Christians want this”. What needs to be remembered is that these social-cognitive flaws are human universals, and that Cleveland is applying them to certain current phenomena within Christianity. Sadly, a number of the people who posted replies at her blog seem to have missed this, and are themselves falling victim to the same flaws. There is a discussion in the comments over there about how bad evangelicals are because they hate ambiguity and are threatened by black sheep, creating the odd message that “we” are better than “them” because “they” are prone to ingroup bias and overgeneralization.

    Another social psychologist (Roy Baumeister) reminded his readers that the study of human failings should never be approached as the study of “those people” who do bad things, but as the study of US.

  2. J. K. Gayle

    You make a good point about our need to include ourselves when studying humans (and our failings). However, it seems to me, in fact, that the two commenters over there at Christena Cleveland’s post — the only two so far who have said bad things about “evangelicals” — actually are ones who do include themselves in the group of evangelicals by their own inclusive pronouns for themselves:

    “Personally, I think evangelicals err in …. we are failing to love …. ”
    “To me, it seems that evangelicals are particularly prone to this type of ‘in group/out group anthropological reality, our very roots being…. ”

    But you’re not including yourself with the likes of those two commenters, are you?


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