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I would have liked to hear more than what she ended up telling the reader about these personal experiences.

Perhaps they were too personal to relate in the detail I craved.

This is the crux of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals, No.

5: A good example of this is ad hominem arguments against, and the ridiculing of, the positions of orthodox Catholic believers rather than addressing the truth they espouse, which usually also happen to be the positions of the Church.

For a while, Campbell diligently plays by the gender-restrictive rules.

She knocks on doors for Jesus rather than preach from the pulpit; diligently guards her chastity, refusing even to date; and memorizes long fragments from the Bible. How can anyone go through life constantly assigning 90% of the people around them to Lucifer's Fiery Pit? I recall being in a Denny's on a Sunday morning many years back.

Paul: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God . For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” (1 Cor 18, 22-25) Throughout the Gospels, the Book of Acts, and the Epistles of the New Testament, the message is clear: because Christians focus on something other than the pleasures, power, and possessions of this world, by this world’s standards they are deemed to be utterly foolish.

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Arguments ad hominem, and the ridicule form of them are the way that radicals, revolutionaries, and totalitarians deal with an inconvenient truth that hurts their efforts to gain, maintain, and increase power.

When someone “insults and hates you” because you follow Jesus and proclaim His word, it is a sure sign that that person cannot rebut the truth and does not want you to publish it.

To paraphrase the words of Colonel Jessep (played by Jack Nicholson) in the movie A Few Good Men, they cannot handle the truth.

In classical logic, this is called an “ad hominem” attack or an “argumentum ad hominem;” i.e.

an argument “against the man” instead of an argument against a position he takes.

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