"Honesty demands that we boldly pursue ideas tested by time, defended by reason, validated by experience, and confirmed by revelation. We will only find truth when we place our confidence in it and not in ourselves. We will only learn when we love truth enough to measure all ideas with a measuring rod outside of those things being measured and are willing to discard those ideas we find to be "intolerable," inferior, and useless."
by:
Everett Piper
President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Source:
'Bethlehem, Not Berkeley, Is the Birthplace of Free Speech,' The Christian Post, Apr 27, 2017
http://www.christianpost.com/news/bethlehem-not-berkeley-is-the-birthplace-of-free-speech-181793/
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Discernment makes the defining difference.

As it is written:

"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgement."
 -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." The Buddha. I'm no Buddhist but this quote is right on.
     -- jim k, austin     
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    From the Greeks, in the 7th C, BCE, plus or minus, the idea of a completely objective, impartial standard by which one can compare, hence judge, the nature and value of a world external to our emotional, subjective feelings has been the core of Western Civilization and its "science". That includes the rationalization of its primary God. The 20th C, CE, largely changed that concept; but not the desire for its attainment. We call that desire: truth. In between these rationalized truths there is doubt. It is in the state of doubt the objective standard is framed. Truth depends upon doubt for its realization; but not doubt based in cynicism. Whether doubt can ever be made an algorithm is questionable; but it does partake of method, subject to adjustment by comparative analogy. Analogy ? If this smacks of Descartes by way of Plato (cum Socrates) it should.
     -- John Shuttleworth, New York City     
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