To what extent is it preferred policy to "dumb down" an opposing view? My experience with Independent Baptist churches is one in which the leaders often oversimplify opposing views when presenting them to the audience. While the pastor/teacher may have invested scores of hours wrestling with the subject to confirm their existing or acquire their new belief, once they present the oversimplified opposing beliefs to the audience the pastor/teacher either glibly or dogmatically dismisses those arguments with his "God forbid!" answer that is necessarily so. It is a rare for a tension of logic or theology to be treated respectfully, that would convey too much 'weakness'. Often what follows is the demonization of the opposing views. It seems like they do a disservice to the truth when such conclusions are treated as though they were and should have always been 'foregone conclusions'. Some subjects that this would apply to would be: Pre-tribulation When the church was actually founded Organ donations to anonymous people Landmarkism/Baptist History Matters of separation of fellowship Wine in the grape juice Death of Christ on Wednesday instead of Friday Consumption of Alcoholic beverages Politics There are many more and the list is from my own experience, I'm sure people could list more. What I'm getting at is at what point are we justified in being pragmatic about what we cause other people to consider? Consider the scenario I've offered above. The leadership purposefully feeds his 'flock' post-digested food and belittles them if they don't eat it, are thankful and ask for more. How do we determine the boundaries of informing people who are ignorant of their ignorance? Some people, it seems, are better off left in the dark. I recognize that there is some kind of appropriate balance… and maybe that balance should truly rest with the audience member himself. Yet, this would mean that he would have to possibly come to the conclusion that his leadership is incorrect. Sometimes it is better to be safe than correct, if you know what I mean.