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74 Post author: palladias 18 February 2013 05:05PM

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Comment author: ChristianKl 19 February 2013 06:53:50PM 4 points [-]

For example, a liberal Christian complained that her (honest!) Christian answer did very poorly, because people associated liberalism with atheism. This suggests that the best strategy isn't necessarily to honestly list what you believe, but to list what you think a typical member of the group involved believes.

It depends how you define poorly. Her answer demostrated something useful about inaccurate stereotypes of Christianity. If the goal of the whole exercise is to convince others that Christianity is right, then her answer might be good because it teaches people about their misconceptions about Christianity.

Comment author: BlazeOrangeDeer 19 February 2013 11:00:47PM 0 points [-]

I think "poorly" in this case meant that it wasn't rated very believable by the judges.

Comment author: ChristianKl 21 February 2013 02:48:41PM 1 point [-]

Yes, I think that's a bad definition of poorly. The goal of the game isn't only to get high ratings from the judges but to ultimately show people that your beliefs are better than the beliefs of the other side.