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a little example of empathy

In his history of the creationism movement Ronald Numbers indicates he’s not on the creationist side, but declares his intention of “treating its advocates with the same respect I might accord evolutionists”:

As a constant reminder to do so, I have kept above my desk a framed handbill from the early 1940s announcing a public lecture on “God’s Answer to Evolution: Are Men and Monkeys Relatives?” The featured speaker was my father, Raymond W. Numbers, then holding a series of evangelistic meetings in the Kansas City Canvas Tabernacle.

Once you become convinced of something, it’s easy to demonize and denigrate your opponents. I love this little example of insisting on empathy.

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