Sources of Knowledge

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.

A Christian and an atheist in a house that’s been burgled

Robert: Oh my gosh — what happened?

Sharon: Hey, Robert. Come on in.

Robert: Somebody really did a job in here.

Sharon: Yeah. Someone broke in while I was in Bakersfield. My cash and some DVDs are gone. They didn’t take a whole lot but really trashed the place. They took my beer, too.

Robert: Did you call the police?

Sharon: They’ve been here. Part of the mess is fingerprint stuff. They think it was kids.

Robert: You know who it probably was is that kid — what’s his name? Trevor? — who’s staying with the Baxters next door.

Sharon: I think they adopted him, didn’t they? When his parents died or something?

Robert: That’s the one. Did you tell the police about him?

Sharon: No, why would I?

Robert: Because he’s a suspect.

Sharon: He’s no more a suspect than anyone else.

Robert: He should be. You’ve seen him, haven’t you? He’s got tattoos and that weird haircut. I’m pretty sure he’s your man. Him and his friends.

Sharon: You seem pretty sure.

Robert: Because I am sure. The more I think about it, the more sure I am. It’s the only thing that makes sense.

Sharon: That’s not a lot to go on.

Robert: I wouldn’t say that. I’m very intuitive and I’ve got a really strong feeling about him.

Sharon: I think we need more evidence than that.

Robert: Not everything is a science experiment. There are a lot of ways to know things other than conventional evidence, and I know that Trevor did this.

Sharon: I don’t think you can use feelings as evidence of anything. If I wake up in the middle of the night and have a feeling that there’s a burglar in the house, that’s not evidence that I’m being robbed.

Robert: But there might be a burglar.

Sharon: There might, but the feeling isn’t evidence. It might be a reason to look for evidence, but that’s it. You couldn’t call 911 and tell them you had a feeling.

Robert: You could if you had a history of being right about things like that.

Sharon: What about obsessive-compulsive people? They’re sure about what they think they know, and they might even see evidence of it, but they’re wrong.

Robert: I’m not a crazy person.

Sharon: Of course not, but I don’t think your feelings are worth bringing to the police. If you want to, that’s fine, but — that’s the phone. Hang on a minute.

Sharon: That was the police.

Robert: Did they have some news?

Sharon: Yeah. They found a footprint out back. Does Vera still always wear Doc Martins?

Robert: What does that have to do with anything.

Sharon: The police may want to talk to her when she comes home from school.

Robert: I can’t imagine why. I know she has nothing to do with it.

Sharon: We’ll see.


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Posted on December 25, 2013 at 8:38 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: Conversations

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