Assumptions and Assertions: A Bit Of A Rant

"We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right. " Ravi Zacharias
 
Now I have a bad habit that I'm going to be admitting in this post, this is a nasty habit which others have realized is bad and they've stopped, staying far away from anything that comes close to such an action. What is it? I watch Youtube videos on religion and I read the comments people post...

I know I need to stop! Such a habit only gets me angry, sometimes I don't even need to read the comments - just watching videos that some people post is enough without having to hack my way through the slander and sludge in the comment section bellow.

There is this odd toss-up with the world we live in. At one end we have a world of knowledge at our fingertips: don't know something? Google it. Can't figure out how to do something? Look it up on Youtube.

It's great, knowledge and information flying from every direction. The downside is, as everyone knows, the amount of absolute gunk and false knowledge that exists. Whether it's Wikipedia telling you that Abraham Lincoln painted the roof of the Sistine Chapel or endless videos of people eating spoonfuls of cinnamon - there's no lack of garbage out there on the world-wide interwebs.

However, what really get's me is the fact that people can make claims about religion, about philosophy, and about Christianity without any sourcing, any scholarly backing, or any citations. Now I've been accused of being a little unfair when it comes to my academic expectations of others and I know I need to understand that.

But I'm a strong believer that simply repeating your personal opinion without any form of proper argumentation or backing is simply that - your opinion. Not an objective fact but your own personal subjective opinion, an opinion, I might add, that with further inspection falls apart.

If you are going to make a claim about the Bible use the academic work of scholars or at least some form of expert in the field to back you up. At the very least cite the passages you claim to be talking about or mentioning; include the context (historical, religious, and situational) in order to prove your point.

Now I know that was a bit of a rant so I apologize. However, I want to state specifically that one of the many reasons I started this blog was to combat the hundreds of others writing and recording with no scholarly or academic knowledge behind them. I hope I have been able to properly, accurately, and consistently show, prove, cite, and back-up what I write down.

My thoughts and posts come with hours and days of reading and researching on a wide variety of topics and subjects before I even touch the keyboard and put my ideas and thoughts into writing.

On that note, I will leave you with one of the better examples of not only academic debate, but accurate use of text and citation. The following is a debate between Jack Mormon and James White on the issue of whether Christians should exclusively use the King James Bible.

I'm posting this debate not only as an example of how to properly and respectively use sources, citing and context, but also to encourage my readers to look into King James onliesm, an idea that is quite common among Christians. As I haven't written on that subject specifically I'll let Dr. White elaborate on the issue. I hope you enjoy and listen all the way through, definitely worth the listen.




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