(continued from previous post)
“A plausibility structure is the sociocultural context for a system of meaning”
“Basically a plausibility structure is the “life” around you that that influences the beliefs you have. So like we were talking about earlier- where you live makes up part of your plausibility structure. The books you read. The perspective from the news. All these things don’t make you believe something- but they have a strong say in making certain beliefs- well- believable to you- and also in which beliefs are not believable to you.”
“So my move to the city makes it harder for me to believe that Jesus rose from the dead and that the bible is true?”
“Yeah- I think so. It doesn’t necessarily have to- in the city you do have a lot of say in where you hang out and who you hang out with- but it definitely can, especially if you’re not intentional about what goes into your plausibility structure.
[Find quote about becoming an atheist the minute you set foot in paris]”
“Ok- so media intake, geography- those are the big things?”
“Well, we haven’t even talked about the biggest thing- the people in your life!
[Stat about having to have Christian friends in Europe before becoming a Christian] [Bible verse about who you allow in]”
“Like ‘bad company corrupts good morals?’”
“No I don’t think so. I just think that the worldview of the people around you can, well, rub off on you. The worldview of friends and family and those who you respect may soon become your worldview.”
“But aren’t there some people that are able to ‘stand alone’? Like missionaries, even guys like Paul or Jesus.”
“Sure- but you better believe that those guys are making up for the lack of people-based plausibility structures with other ones- intense preparation, regular meaningful times in prayer and bible, etc.”
“Ok- so, this is sounding pretty important- but I have to wrap this up- I’m meeting up with another friend later. What’s a summary- I mean, what should I do?”
“Off the top of my head, I’d start here.
1. Join a church / small group
It’s one thing to have a few Christian friends here and there, but it’s much more important to be a part of a community of Christians who are committed to being the church. This group should be moving towards being in the bible together, praying for one another and the community around you, and doing life together as much as possible.
2. Intake smart Christians
If you leave it up to the media, your idea of Christians will be ‘superstitious moralistic idiots who are ruining the country. Do yourself a favor- expose yourself to writing, podcasts, speakers, and art from brilliant Christians in the present as well as the past.
Adam Ford (Adam4d.com)
Use your earbuds to redeem some of those lonely walks to work.
3. Intentional Decorating