Apologetics Tactics handling the least competent who overrate their skill

From our friend and brother, SlimJim. I could’ve used this advice, a couple of days ago!  –LD


The Domain for Truth

There is something called the Dunning–Kruger effect.  It is when people of low ability inaccurately believe their ability is greater than it is.  Here’s a short TED animation video about it:

I think this phenomenon in which incompetent people think they are more knowledgeable than they really are explains the behavior of some such as the troll attacking our series refuting Bible contradictions which I responded to in “Mr. Hodge’s Dodge from Proving a Bible Contradiction.”  That particular individual would assert I need to learn Greek and Hebrew while he himself doesn’t know Greek and Hebrew and somehow he failed to see my posts regularly deal with the Greek and Hebrew when it is relevant.

Although it won’t be easy to deal with an incompetent person who think they are amazing yet what can a Christian apologist do in dealing with such individuals?  Here are six principles to keep in mind.

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I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

4 responses to “Apologetics Tactics handling the least competent who overrate their skill

  • UnKnowable

    What I’ve learned is that many people are very skilled in the art of self deception and become very irate if you question their conclusions. I think this is sort of an application of Dunning-Kruger. Many of the arguments against belief tend to be the same arguments which have been used from time immemorial. If you refute these, the next line of attack is usually to question your sources, but that knife cuts both ways,

    The other common tactic is to simply dismiss anything said in defense of one’s beliefs and refuse to engage on the matter. I see this as essentially the same thing as folding one’s arms and saying “I’m right and you’re wrong”, which is childish at best.

    The tips in the article make a lot of sense.

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    Lee I appreciate it that you shared this post with your readers!


  • thewhiterabbit2016

    I read recently of a study that found 50% of Millennials think they will be millionaires. I know I had the Dunning-Kruger effect in a big way when I was in my early 20’s. I actually thought I was smarter than every person I met. When I became crucified with Christ that was radically corrected.


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