I have the proverb “a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still” written in the front of my Bible (have written it in all my Bibles for some thirty years or so). It is a reminder that beliefs should be adopted rather than coerced. When I was writing the "Bully Theology" post, I was reminded of a humorous story I've heard J. Vernon McGee tell on the radio. Though he was making a different point, I want to repeat his story.
"A mother sent her little boy to sit in a corner in his room. After awhile she heard a noise in the room, and she called to him, 'Willie, are you sitting down?' He said, 'Yes, I'm sitting down, but I'm standing up on the inside of me!'"