: I am much more interested in the psychology of these people than any arguments of scriptual minutiae, as it seems to me that their denail of the weight of evidence is borne, not from a conviction that the Bible is correct, but more from psychological patterns that they have to adhere to to survive.
I agree with everything you wrote in this post.
The psychology of cults has been studied extensively and is well understood. Emotional hooks get into the mind and the person has extreme difficulty letting go.
Why do people who believe that crop circles are alien manifestations continue to believe even when hoaxers admit to many hoaxes and even demonstrate on camera how they did it? Why do some of these people even resort to violence against hoaxers who attempt to make these demonstrations? They've created a tiny cult for themselves which, for some odd reason, gives them comfort. Any attempt to take that comfort away results in denial of facts and even violence.
Jehovah's Witnesses engage in massive denial of facts, and resort to the emotional violence of shunning when a member points out inconvenient facts.