Objectivity is an illusion. A fairy tale. Gold spun from straw.
No writer is completely unbiased, regardless of the level of attention they give to journalistic integrity or impartiality or deference to opposing views. Every one sees life through a particular lens whether they realize it or not.
As the late evangelical Christian thinker, Francis Schaeffer, once said:
People have presuppositions, and they will live more consistently on the basis of these presuppositions than even they themselves may realize. By presuppositions we mean the basic way an individual looks at life, his basic worldview, the grid through which he sees the world. Presuppositions rest upon that which a person considers to be the truth of what exists. People’s presuppositions lay a grid for all they bring forth into the external world.
As I begin this series with Religion News Service, it seems wise to reflect on Schaeffer’s words. All humans live with surgically attached spectacles that are molded by our geography, chronology, economy, ethnicity, and life experiences. And—if you are like me and roughly five billion other earthlings—your lens is also shaped by your faith.
Editor’s note: The artwork above is quoted from here.