"We often seem to think that if we can arbitrarily dismiss a man as worldly or "liberal" (or conservatively radical -my thoughts-N.B.), then we are not required to take his opinions seriously and consider his arguments. For those who are fundamentally insecure in their opinions to start with, this is a convenient way of avoiding the inconsistencies in their arguments. Discredit the man and silence his voice. Then we are not forced to heed the voices in our head. But if we are right in what we believe, we should be willing to cheerfully and courteously discuss our views with those that see things differently. If we are right, then maybe we cane win our brother. And if they are right, then maybe we can be corrected by our brother. However, that sort of balance requires a confident honesty that many simply do not have."