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Question: What does it mean to be open-minded!?
Can one be an atheist or a theist and still be considered open-minded!?Www@QuestionHome@Com

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True open-mindedness means being open to the truth!. If one is willing to follow the logic and/or the evidence to the truth regardless of the cost is true open-mindedness!. If this is open-mindedness then the question is by what method can one find the truth!. If we accept that the use of reason is the only method of finding truth, which religion rejects because it accepts the notion of revelation, then it is not closed minded for one to reject the notion of a God!. Logically it follows that it's up to the person making an argument for the existence of something to prove it not the person denying it!. Would it follow that it's being closed minded if you reject the possibility of Santa Claus!? After all Santa Claus is unproven possibility!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

"open minded" is heavily abused in general conversation!.

Most times, people mean to keep an open mind, to consider a side not that of your own-try and see where the other person is coming from!.

"open minded" lots of times now means to not only consider where the other person is coming from, but to be "cool" or even some maniplulative people say "mature" enough (whatever word you think should go there) to also take the other side as your own and leave the old way of thinking behind!.

Now there's nothing wrong with being educated and staying informed on any one topic, including faith!. But know what you believe and why you believe it and it won't matter how many people demand you become "open minded"!. You won't be open to such corruption!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Everyone is different!. Just like Christians!.!.!.!.alot of them have different views on things but still love Jesus!.
Some guy contacted me on yahoo IM and I asked him where on yahoo he found my name and he said in the open minded section! ~_~ What the heck!? lol didn't think there was such a section!?Www@QuestionHome@Com

yes as long as you can see other peoples opinions and are open to others ideas!. Open minded means to see things all ways to believe anything can be possible!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Yes, as long as you don't form preconceived notions about new ideas before they have been fully explained and you have explored all the possibilities before formulating an opinion about it!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

open minded means that you are willing to see other sides to something!. That you are not stubborn and ignorant!. An athiest CAN be open-minded but probably among other things!.

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to see past the "THOUGHT"Www@QuestionHome@Com