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What to Believe?

A man name Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States: a fact. Eisenhower was a part of humanity's visual experience and is recorded history.

A man commonly known as Jesus was crucified almost two thousand years ago. We have reports of him from his contemporaries and we have reports of his trial and execution.

Was Jesus resurrected? We have reports of this, but these reports might be hearsay rather than real observations. And resurrection is not something that has been widely corroborated empirically.

Was Barrack Obama born in Kenya? Evidence points to his having been born in the Hawaiian Islands. Was President Kennedy assassinated by an agent of Fidel Castro? Evidence: the available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid.

With so many people in the world on opposite sides of issues it's obvious that a lot of people have standards not stringent enough. Let us not be ready to accept the imaginings of persons babbling in front of a microphone.

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan speaks to this subject.


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