How can the Law of Parsimony help us understand salvation? I take a look at that in this week’s episode:
If you are interested, this is a key portion of a discussion at the beginning (and I’m not promising I said it word-for-word :-)):
Some people were up in arms last week, because The New Yorker tweeted:
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) February 22, 2022
“The job of the New York Times should in the end be to come out with the best version of the truth.” A new interview with @deanbaquet, ahead of his expected retirement.
As a fellow truth seeker, you are also probably aghast at the idea of the “best version of the truth.” Truth doesn’t have versions, it is either the truth, warts and all, or not. How could a New York Times executive editor say something so ridiculous?!
Then the clickbait article that shared the scandalous news with me quoted this from The New Yorker:
I feel very strongly—and I know this is not embraced by everybody—that nobody is objective. The system of “objectivity” (and I know that’s going to be a bad word) was designed to create a system—Wesley Lowery is right when he describes that—in which the organization’s job was to make sure that whatever your perspective was it didn’t get in the way of reporting the truth. I believe in that very strongly. That’s not the job of every institution. But the job of the New York Times should, in the end, be to come out with the best version of the truth, with your own political opinion held in check by editors and editing.
What do you think? Did Baquet really propose versions of the truth, with one being best?
No…he may have been confusing in his choice of label…but he was saying exactly what us truth seekers want: That perspectives not “get in the way of reporting the truth.”
Baquet then says he believes that very strongly and that reporters’ political opinions should be “held in check by editors in editing.”
So don’t we, right?!
Part of our commitment to truth is to avoid confirmation bias or “too good to check.” Even if supposedly stated by someone who is your nemesis: What was the context, what did they really say (or what were they trying to say?) and so on?
As you’ll probably hear me state repeatedly, the true measure of your character is not how you treat your friends, it’s how you treat you enemies.
Give everyone the benefit of the doubt, do your homework, and scrutinize your own conclusions…before judging.
Finally, if you are interested in the sermon notes from the original sermon, they are here.