Sir Poach-a-Lot: Is belief objective, or subjective?
SuperGenius: This is age-old Fideism we’re talking about. Luther said: “All the articles of our Christian faith, which God has revealed to us in His Word, are in presence of reason sheerly impossible, absurd, and false.”
Sir P: Sometimes the scriptures act like belief should be objective. Such as Alma to Korihor: “look at the evidence, bonehead.” It implies an objective view. If it were wholly subjective, why refer to evidence? Just say, “Believe”!
SG: You can’t deny objective evidence. The fact that Korihor denies means that it’s not objective.
Sir P: Why use evidence at all, then? Why FARMS?
SG: Excellent question. Mormonism makes certain truth claims. For some members, the religion relies on those for validity. But, like I said at BCC — if all someone can do is dwell on the confusing aspects of Church history, itâ€™s no wonder some people arenâ€™t happy. Doubt and confusion will likely plague you in these matters until you die.
Sir P: For some people, the semblance of objective belief is what they need to build a subjective belief.
Sir P: But at the core, it’s all subjective.