What is propaganda? It is a form of psychological manipulation used to bring people to believing and feeling what another person wants them to "know" and experience.
We think of propaganda as something only governments and political groups are involved in. That's not true. Anyone who feels a need to promote a lie may turn to propaganda. Propaganda techinques provide a meabs for getting people to believe something that is not true, without regard to the actual, factual evidence.
Those who promote evolutation are major users of propaganda. Climate change is another one. Atheists use propaganda techniques to convince people the Bible cannot be trust. And, yes, some people who call themselves Christians use propaganda techniques.
“You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.” ― Robert A. Heinlein
Christianity is about truth. But there are people who use the guise of Christianity to enrich themselves by deceiving others. And there true Christians who make mistakes. However, tghe teachging of the Bible, from beginning to end, is to always be in truth.
Once you are able to recognize proganda techniques, you can easily identify when someone is trying to deceive you. However, don't become overconfident. Those who are good at deception will be able to deceive you, even when you are alert and know it is coming. However, an ability to recognize propaganda techniques when they are are being used against you, is a a valuable tool.
Here are a few of the most commonly used propaganda techniques used to false science:
- Get famous people to support your idea
- Get lots of people who are recognized as smart (authorities) to support your idea
- Appleal to emotions, not facts
- Adhominim attacks ( you are dims we are brights)
- Suppress the opposition.
- Lies that are repeated enough will be believed
- Category error
- Change definitions... prove something is true using one definition of a word, then change the definition of the word and declare it is still true. (Evolution)
We'll be adding articles or videos that look at each of the above as soon as we can.
How Can You Protect Yourself From Propaganda?
Some propaganda is easy to spot. Other forms of propaganda can be hidden and very difficult to spot. Your foundation is always scripture. Dowhat the Bereans did, and test everything against scripture.
#1 sign there is a problem: When those promoting an idea or belief say something like, "98% of people believe such and such." you know there is a problem. We see this with climate change, for example. The claim is made that 98% of the scientific community say man-made climate change is a major problem. When you see numbers like that you know it is a hoax. It is impossible to get 98% of any group to agree on anything.
Another sure sign of propaganda is when one side starts personally attacking the people on the other side. These are called ad-hominim attacks. They typically involve regular and on-going name calling, and degrading descriptions of the opponents of a certain position, typically to the point of destroyng the careers and lives. This is a sure sign that those doing this do not have strong enough evidence supporting their position, such that they can convince those in opposition to change their minds based on the facts.