Objective versus Subjective
is the difference between objective and subjective evidence?"
SUBJECTIVE EVIDENCE is evidence
that you cannot evaluate -- you have to simply accept what the person says or
For example, Fred says "My foot hurts a lot." Is
he lying? How much is "a lot"? What is Fred's idea of
"pain"? ... a sharp, stabbing pain, or just his foot "fell asleep"?
Harry says "That was a hard test!" Compared
to what? Did he study? Is this just a subject he finds particularly
Bill says "Boy, that was a great football game!"
Compared to what? Who was playing? ... his son, the team he coaches,
him, two pro teams?
OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE is evidence
you can examine and evaluate for yourself.
If Fred walks in with a cane, and a knife stuck in his foot,
you can make a decision without hearing Fred's opinion!
If you read the test Harry talked about, you can decide
for yourself whether it's hard.
If you see a video of the football game, you might see great
plays, high scores, a last-minute win, etc.
is it important to have objective
evidence that my religion is true?"
Christians, Jews, Mormons, Moslems,
etc., each claim that their religion
is the only way to salvation
and that without salvation a person will be
- Anyone can believe in anything
whether it's true or not.
- Believing in something false doesn't make it
If I believe I can fly and I jump out a window, I'm
still gonna fall!
- Not believing in something true doesn't make
If I don't believe the law of gravity is
true, I'm still gonna fall!
- By definition, "faith" is
- By definition, subjective evidence cannot
be independently evaluated.
By definition, no matter how
much faith your friend has, or your parent has
or your spouse has, that is only their belief
-- and believing in something false doesn't make it true!
religion has believers who "know" "by faith" that their
particular religion is the only true
- The various religions contradict each other.
- They all
might be wrong
but they can't all
- FAITH OR NO FAITH, GOOD INTENTIONS
OR NOT, ...
|CONSIDERING THE POSSIBLE
DON'T YOU WANT TO KNOW
(c) 1998 by Rick Reinckens
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