The following quote is from G.K. Chesterton, courtesy of Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick:
Dear Mr. Chesterton,
How can you think Christianity is true? What about all the other religions that claim to be true?
Dear Former Thinker,
The vulgar modern argument used against religion, and lately against common decency, would be absolutely fatal to any idea of liberty. It is perpetually said that because there are a hundred religions claiming to be true, it is therefore impossible that one of them should really be true. The argument would appear on the face of it to be illogical, if anyone nowadays troubled about logic. It would be as reasonable to say that because some people thought the earth was flat, and others (rather less incorrectly) imagined it was round, and because anybody is free to say that it is triangular or hexagonal, or a rhomboid, therefore it has no shape at all; or its shape can never be discovered; and, anyhow, modern science must be wrong in saying it is an oblate spheroid. The world must be some shape, and it must be that shape and no other; and it is not self-evident that nobody can possibly hit on the right one. What so obviously applies to the material shape of the world equally applies to the moral shape of the universe. The man who describes it may not be right, but it is no argument against his rightness that a number of other people must be wrong.
Because the scientific method does not apply to any of various issues, people have used that to argue that, therefore, there can be no truth. G.K. Chesterton answered that conundrum rather easily as seen in the above quote. You see the result of the idea that there can be no truth in various historical and other studies. It has now become de rigueur for non-scholars to promote and dramatize every person who promotes an idea that is in conflict with any majority held theory. Has history recorded many more than one time that a majority held theory is wrong? Yes! But, let me bring up two facts. One is the reality of a paradigm shift shows that these events are actually quite rare in world history. The second fact is that when a paradigm shift happens, it is generally rather quickly accepted (as long as rather quickly means within a generation or less).
What is not found in history is a paradigm shift that involves giant conspiracy theories. Generally a paradigm shift is effective within a generation or less. That is because the new explanation fits the data so much better than the old explanation that the shift is not difficult. The problem we have now is that it has become common for many people to accept one or another theory based merely on their private emotional feeling that it fits, with no relation to any gathering of facts that might solidify the uncommon explanation. Thus, the problem that G.K. Chesterton faced in the 1800′s has become ever so much worse.
This problem will not be easily resolved.
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