Slippery Slope

I like the most recent XKCD cartoon and its take on the “slippery slope” idea. People always assume that one is going to slip in a direction that they want to go. And in fact, often the things that are really valuable are really hard and take a conscious effort. But anything can become a [Read More...]

Unslippery Slope

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Dismiss the Slippery Slope

I was tempted to call this post something like “Don’t accept a slippery slope argument unless it is from a geocentrist in an arranged marriage” but that seemed a bit too long for a title. Eric Reitan has been posting about slippery slope arguments, tackling them in detail in order to show how they are [Read More...]

Right and Wrong about the Slippery Slope (Rachel Held Evans)

Rachel Held Evans shared this wonderful reflection on things she was told about the “dangers” of the slippery slope, and I think it deserves to be widely circulated, read, and reflected on: They said that if I questioned a 6,000-year-old earth, I would question whether other parts of Scripture should be read scientifically and historically. [Read More...]

Slippery Slopes All Around

I have written several contradictory things over the years about the notion of a slippery slope, but one of them focused on the idea of a “radical middle,” where one tries to maintain their balance with slippery slopes on both sides. Scot McKnight posted something very similar today, as he reflected on the fact that [Read More...]

The Radical Middle (From The Archives)

I never thought I’d say this, but America might be better off if it had more prominent Fascist and Communist parties. In most European countries there are more than two parties that have a serious chance of having someone represented to parliament or an equivalent representative body, and the prime minister is usually the representative [Read More...]

Climbing Mount Slippery (From the Archives)

I have blogged before about the metaphor of the slippery slope and suggested variations on itor rejecting it entirely. The image came up again in my Sunday school a while back, when Scot McKnight (in his book The Blue Parakeet) problematized the notion that changing your mind in one area automatically leads down a “slippery [Read More...]


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