Over the past few weeks, I have been talking mostly about news stories and other articles I have been reading. I haven’t really done that very much in the past, so you might be wondering why I am doing that now.
I know that there many times that we all see stories on news websites, and we immediately start to panic if it is bad news or celebrate if it is good news. For example, on Monday, I wrote about how Islam is on pace to become the most popular religion in the world by 2050. I first found that story on CNN, and I bet a lot of other people saw it there as well.
Without reading the article, I have a feeling that some people might have panicked. For people who view truth as a popularity contest, it might seem to be unnerving when you read the headline that says that Christianity might not be the most popular religion in the world in the near future.
However, like I shared on Monday, there are reasons for this that are highly predictable and not overly surprising such as birth rate and a culture that stigmatizes apostasy. Those are reasons that you certainly would not get from the headline, but they help provide some context for the headline in the way that for example the original article on CNN did not.
Sometimes, there needs to be a little bit more discussion than I find any particular story, so I like to have that discussion here. I certainly don’t want to blindly accept everything I read, and I don’t want you to blindly accept everything that I write. Rather, when something seems a little bit off, I want to start the discussion and give you ideas to think about.
After all, that’s what it’s all about. Way back at the beginning of this website, you might remember a series of articles I wrote about Christianity in the public square, and you might remember that I am a huge proponent of a free marketplace of ideas. In other words, I am incredibly dedicated to the idea that every idea has the right to be heard and evidence has a right to be presented. If the evidence does not support the claim, then the claim is perhaps not strong and we can dismiss it.
If people try to eliminate their pre-existing biases and look at the facts in a particular situation, I am convinced that the truth is always going to have more support than any lie when every bit of evidence has been presented. That seems to make sense since there would be more support for truth that corresponds with reality than a lie.
That’s why I want to continue the discussion and bring you along for the ride. We need to think about the world around us and find out what is actually true. Sometimes, I don’t think that the headlines provide all the evidence that we need to think about in the context of a particular issue. That’s why I talk about them.