RAY: None of the following articles are my own. I thought I’d share what some other blogs are saying about “Truth”.
What is truth and does it matter? – (www.chirstianity.co.nz)
A recent Barna Research Group survey on what Americans believe asked the question, “Is there absolute Truth?” Sixty-six percent of adults responded that they believe that “there is no such thing as absolute truth; different people can define truth in conflicting ways and still be correct.” Seventy-two percent of those aged 18 to 25 expressed this belief.
In a recent series of more than twenty interviews conducted at random at a large university, people were asked if there was such a thing as absolute truth – truth that is true across all times and cultures for all people. All but one respondent answered along these lines: “Truth is whatever you believe.”, “There is no absolute truth.”, “If there were such a thing as absolute truth, how could we know what it is?”, “People who believe in absolute truth are dangerous.” The lone exception was an evangelical Christian, who said absolute truth was in Jesus Christ.
I suggest that the situation that these surveys reveal is fairly typical of the Western World. As Clive Calver says, in an article ‘Thinking Clearly About Truth’ in Christianity, we “drift on a tide of uncertainty into a sea of unknowing.”
(for the rest of this article follow this link. http://www.christianity.co.nz/truth1.htm)
Why Truth Matters – (Os Guiness as quoted by Ravi Zacharius – www.rzim.org)
At first sight, the biblical view of truth is obscene to modern minds. But on a deeper look, the biblical view is profound, timely, and urgent for today, even for those who reject it.
The following is a plenary session delivered by Os Guinness at Lausanne 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa (www.lausanne.org). Used by permission of the author.
In this extraordinary moment in human history, why is it that truth matters? There are times when history and the gospel of Jesus converge and create a great thrust forward in human history. So it was with the “gifts” of the gospel, such as the rise of philanthropy, of the reform movements, or the creation of the universities, or modern science. There are other times when history and the gospel collide and the titanic struggle shapes history in a different but equally decisive way. So it was when the Lordship of Christ triumphed over the might of imperial Rome. But there are still other times when history and the gospel appear to collide but, in fact, the gospel speaks to the deepest dilemmas and the highest aspirations of the age, even to those which oppose it. So it is today with the concept of truth.
At first sight, the biblical view of truth is obscene to modern minds. It’s arrogant, it’s exclusive, it’s intolerant, it’s divisive, it’s judgmental, and it’s reactionary. But on a deeper look, the biblical view is profound, timely, and urgent for today, even for those who reject it. But obviously regardless of what the world thinks, we follow the one who is the way, the truth, and the life. We therefore worship and serve the God of truth, whose Word is truth, and who Himself is true and may be trusted because of his covenant faithfulness.
(for the rest of this article follow this link. http://www.rzim.org/justthinkingfv/tabid/602/articleid/11044/cbmoduleid/881/default.aspx)
Truth – Not Sides – Is What Matters in Journalism
August 25, 2009 by George Snell (not Brad Snell, not related) Comments
When I was a newspaper reporter, I heard the expression dozens of times a week:
If only more journalists and bloggers were as diligent as Tintin.
“There are two sides to every story.”
I heard it from sources. I heard it from editors (especially from editors). I heard it from fellow reporters. Hell, I probably muttered those words a hundred times myself. Probably as my lame excuse why I was giving equal weight to a contrarian and probably dubious point of view.
Because there are NOT two sides to every story. There never have been. Sometimes there is one side to story. Other times there are three or four and sometimes even dozens sides. The notion that there are two distinct and equally relevant sides to every issue is ridiculous. But that mentality continues to permeate journalism and the web – especially blogging.
It’s one of the reason why journalism is struggling. As mainstream publications cutback on reporting staff and put more pressure on remaining journalists to produce copy – more he said/she said stories are published. Why? Because they are easy to write. Here is how NYU Journalism Professor Jay Rosen of ThinkPress describes the fundamental features of a he said/she said story:
•“There’s a public dispute.
•The dispute makes news.
•No real attempt is made to assess clashing truth claims in the story, even though they are in some sense the reason for the story. (Under the “conflict makes news” test.)
•The means for assessment do exist, so it’s possible to exert a factual check on some of the claims, but for whatever reason the report declines to make use of them.
•The symmetry of two sides making opposite claims puts the reporter in the middle between polarized extremes.”
This two sides to every story – he said/she said dynamic have produced coverage of:
•“Death panels” for the elderly as part of Obama’s healthcare reform package even though no such thing exists
•Holocaust deniers claiming that one of history’s most tragic events never even occurred
•The birthers movement who are claiming Obama isn’t an American citizen and should be removed from office
Now granted some of the coverage on the examples above is simply propoganda – the spreading of lies even when you know they’re lies. But many mainstream publications and blogs have reported on the issues above giving equal voice to the people who promote these fictional point of views. There is no “other” side of whether or not the Holocaust happened. To even give a voice to Holocaust deniers in a serious news article is to do a disservice to readers – and to society.
But this is what happens in a polarized political environment divided between Democrats and Republicans. The idea gets pushed that there are two sides – and only two sides – to every issue (as if every Democrat and Republican thinks exactly the same and that nuance doesn’t exist).
The job of a journalist should be simple: Discover the truth. Explore all the angles if necessary – giving a voice to dissenters with an opinion based on facts and reason. This could be one side, two sides or many sides. But at the end of the day reporters – those working for newspapers and those working for blogs – need to provide readers with what is real.
(Article from George Snell, https://hightalk.net/2009/08/25/truth-not-sides-is-what-matters-in-journalism/)
Some Famous Quotation about Truth