ha ha, SW, you edited that post so much...!
I do that too, I rewrite it after I post and tweak everything.
I liked your first draft best. The latter is more thorough and tries better to explain things, but the first was intuitive and cut right the heart of the matter without getting cluttered.
I mean, really, isn't just the basic issue that either we all believe whatever we want to believe, or else we have to choose a set of criteria as the framework and then see what beliefs make the most sense? Most of the disagreements occur because the framework is what is being argued over.