Sophisters, Economists, and Calculators Succeed on the Last ITT Question

A.2.3

Keep your grain of salt handy (non-Christian responses question totaled just 36 replies), but that was enough to identify a Christian winner in the round that asked contestants "What’s a question you’re currently uncertain about, where you’d like to “flip to the back of the book” and find the answer now?"The ability of markets to provide fundamental governance services. Conventional theory holds that private property rights protection, rule of law, etc. cannot be provided by the market, and t … [Read more...]

The Judges Lose The Ritual Round of the ITT

A.2.2

All right, take all the results with a grain of salt (non-Christian responses were low for this question -- just 21 replies), but I'm hard pressed to crown a winner on this question instead of just saying that the judges lost.  Technically this was the highest ranked fake-atheist response to "What role does ritual have in your life? What role would you like it to have?"I’ve always loved routines, but I think that’s not quite what “ritual” means. I take “ritual” to refer to events that are esp … [Read more...]

A (Narrow) Win for T.H. White in the Book Round of ITT

A.2.1

The first prompt in the non-Christian round of the 2015 Ideological Turing Test has a just-barely winner. The Christians mostly fell behind the real non-Christians, but our winner was practically tied with the atheist ranked just ahead, so I'm awarding the win on points. Here's the winning fake-atheist response to "Name a book that shaped your moral sensibilities (and talk a little about how) Fiction is fair game."T.H. White’s The Once and Future King. When I was young (e.g. ages 8-12) I read … [Read more...]

No One Won The ‘Underappreciated’ Round of the 2015 ITT

C.1.3

The third prompt in the Christian round of the 2015 Ideological Turing Test is the first not to have a winner. Every non-Christian was ranked below the real Christians, when the Christian readers voted.  But here's the faux-Christian response to "What is an element of your tradition that is underappreciated by your fellow believers" that got closest to victory: I like to tell people about “Creatureliness”. It’s the idea that we should be grateful we humans are not in the role of God, with all th … [Read more...]

Winner on the Tradition Round of the 2015 ITT

C.1.2

The answers are up, and now the votes have been tallied for the first question in the Christian round of the 2015 Ideological Turing Test.  Here's the faux-Christian response to "Why, in a world of many splintered sects, should *your* tradition be trusted?" that real Christians found the most convincing: I’ve grown up in my sect (Episcopalian!) my whole life, and accept I’d probably be something else if I’d been born somewhere else. The point isn’t the specific theological claims that any sect m … [Read more...]

What question about the world do you want answered? [2015 ITT]

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This is part of the 2015 Ideological Turing Test series, where Christians and non-Christians test how well they understand one another.  In this second round, non-Christians (mostly atheists) answer the prompts honestly, and Christians try to answer them as they expect atheists to.  Your job is to see if you can spot the difference.  You can find all posts about the 2015 Ideological Turing Test here. Below are answers to the question: What’s a question you’re currently uncertain about … [Read more...]

What role does ritual have in your life? [2015 ITT]

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This is part of the 2015 Ideological Turing Test series, where Christians and non-Christians test how well they understand one another.  In this second round, non-Christians (mostly atheists) answer the prompts honestly, and Christians try to answer them as they expect atheists to.  Your job is to see if you can spot the difference.  You can find all posts about the 2015 Ideological Turing Test here. Below are answers to the question: What role does ritual have in your life? What role … [Read more...]


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