Christianity can be very pig-headed in admitting mistakes in theology. Never mind the fact that Scriptures may speak against a specific doctrine, or prove it has come with a misunderstanding of context, culture or textual and translational corruption. "We must continue on" the banter is chanted. Christianity needs to own up to critical errors in many areas to move forward. Christianity needs to remember the branch from which it has removed itself. C.S. Lewis I believe captured it best in Mere Christianity:
"We all want
progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be.
And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any
nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and
walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest
is the most progressive man. We have all seen this when doing arithmetic. When
I have started a sum the wrong way, the sooner I admit this and go back and
start again, the faster I shall get on. There is nothing progressive
about being pig-headed and refusing to admit a mistake. And I think if you look
at the present state of the world, it is pretty plain that humanity has been making
some big mistakes. We are on the wrong road. And if that is so, we must go
back. Going back is the quickest way on."