truly is staggering. Anyone sucked in by the mainstream media is either a fool or a hack. This is Exhibit A and you would be very unwise to ignore it. Also, the idea that this is the first time such things have happened is laughable on its face. The only difference is that information is more free now–it’s harder to hide things. It’s important to understand that we would know nothing about this if he had not been”outed” by others. We don’t know about this because he was honest. We know about it because he was caught. Who else is in the same boat? I guess that is the big question. Whom do you trust? Why? Do you have a personal relationship with them? If not, why do you trust them? Is this is merely an illogical and unwise appeal to authority?
We truly live in a postmodern world. There are no facts. There is only an agenda driven by the speaker, events that are interpreted by a fallible human being with a distinct ax to grind. What that means is that you have to be extremely careful. It means there is actual and moral agency. It also means that you need to be a little bit humble in that you might get fooled. We can all be fooled.
But the bottom line is that we are all postmoderns now. An assertion is only defensible if it is based on belief and conversion. There is no Cartesian certainty, only relationships. We have seen that with science (though it may well give you a good base to argue your point from). We have always known that was the case in politics. But now we understand that this is universally true, at least in the human or meaning realm–anything other then mere trivia.
In other words, we cannot be saved by method, and we cannot get to truth that way. There is simply no sure abstract knowledge. Experiential knowledge is the only meaningful thing that actually is reliable. So the issue is whether the person tells the truth or not. You need a truth-teller. You can only know something because you have a relationship with them. That puts religious knowledge in a whole different light, eh? No more apologetics (like the church fathers).