TOO MANY OPINIONS AND NOT ENOUGH TRUTH

The title is a shameless adaptation of a line from the old Guess Who song “Undun.” The line from the song is “too many churches and not enough truth.” That line was correct in the late 1960s, and it is still true today. Forty years ago, Micheal Weed wrote, “ Christian theology is reflection on God and the implications of Christian faith for life” and “ to varying degrees and in different fashions it is the task of all Christians called to love God with their whole being (Restoration Quarterly, 23, 1980, 18). It is those “varying degrees and different fashions” that result in too many opinions and not enough truth.

It is not only the world of theology that experiences “too many opinions and not enough truth.” Have you noticed that everyone seems to be experts in scientific study and health care? There are “experts” saying and writing all sorts of things about COVID 19. People (including myself) then filter the information we gather and promote the one we have concluded is right. Who you trust to inform you about the current situation probably reveals more about you than it does the truth. I know people who claimed that a particular source was the reliable one a month ago, only to change who the reliable source now is (because the old “reliable source” no longer fits the narrative that is believed).

I am not a scientist or the son of a scientist, but I am confident that we do not have enough data to be totally accurate about what is going on. There has not been enough testing, reporting of data seems to be unreliable (there are numerous claims of the overreporting and underreporting of COVID cases), the virus mutates, and we are always behind it, and the list could go on.

I am a better student of ancient history than modern history, but I wish everyone would take some time to read up on the Spanish flu before we move too quickly to lifting constraints. Just because this is the first time in our lives that something like this is happening does not mean that something similar has not occurred before our lifetime. I just read an article by a “scientist” who claims that physical distancing does not work, and we do have enough data to show that it does. He seems to be painfully unaware that we have historical data from other pandemics that it does work. There is a saying that “those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.”

Another old saying is, “you do not know what you do not know.” This saying is so true for this current situation, for religion, and is one of the main reasons for “too many opinions and not enough truth.”

Neil de Grasse Tyson stated that it is often the case that people “have enough information on a subject to think you are right but not enough information to know that you are wrong.” That is a spot-on comment concerning “everyone is a health care expert,” “everyone is an economic expert,” “everyone is a scientist,” and “everyone is a theologian.” Too many opinions and not enough truth is the truth. This is my true opinion.

Remember the words of the sage,The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him” (Proverbs 18:17).

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