Subjectivism says that truth actually changes to fit the individual. Largely, subjectivism is a postmodern reaction to the horrible conflicts that have arisen from people fighting over the definition of truth. Over the centuries, the world has been embroiled in many conflicts, with all parties claiming the high ground based on the “truth” they espouse. People have been oppressed because of their beliefs, it seems, since the beginning of time. Given this history, a society whose philosophy is subjectivism feels safe and progressive. But subjectivism brings its own chaos. Today, many in our world empathize with terrorists, puzzle over how many genders there are, and question the very reality of reality.
While it may attempt to avert conflict, subjectivism—which is essentially a total rejection of belief—is not immune from conflict. In the void left by the banishment of absolute truth, another principle rushes in: tolerance. Tolerance becomes a rule in and of itself, and when thoughts and ideas can be categorized as “intolerant,” then they can and should be legally suppressed. If one person’s “subjective” ideas might cause an (equally subjective) offense, then that individual’s ideas cannot be tolerated—tolerance is intolerant of intolerance, however it chooses to define it. Thus even subjectivism can and does result in oppression.
The fact is objective truth exists and that truth is presented in Scripture (John 17:17). This is not a popular idea today, but since when have the ungodly loved God’s Word (see Romans 1:32)? Any philosophy that attempts to explain the universe apart from God’s revealed truth will end badly because it inevitably places the will of the individual in the center. And whenever one will is pitted against another, there will be conflict. Conversely, when all wills are submitted to Christ, there will be peace; conflict ceases (Galatians 5:13; John 13:34–35).
The world of Twitter, Facebook Google, you know the list that denies the truth and embraces subjectivism will naturally be in conflict with those who hold to absolute truth. That’s why Jesus promised that His gospel would create conflict (Matthew 10:34–36). Christians are not to seek peace at the cost of objective truth; therefore, subjectivism is a philosophy Christians cannot accept. Instead, Christians cling to the truth and refuse to deny Christ, even when it results in conflict and persecution (Matthew 5:10–11; 10:33). Source SRH
The first fruits of the Trump administration’s long-awaited crackdown on the monopoly held by Big Tech are finally beginning to ripen, and Wall Street is certainly taking notice.
On Monday, June 3, after it was quietly announced by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been given the green light to launch a much-needed antitrust investigation into Facebook, just like President Donald Trump promised, Facebook shares reportedly plummeted a whopping nine percent during midday trading, shaving a cool $6 billion off of Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth.
The FTC had previously indicated that it’s already in the process of imposing a huge fine on Facebook for its well-known data privacy violations. But now, the regulatory agency is reportedly getting all of its ducks in a row to go after Facebook for engaging in all sorts of other monopolistic behavior, including censoring conservatives and Christians on its platforms.
Similarly, Google, Amazon, and presumably many other tech giants, are also on this investigatory docket, as all of these companies are likewise guilty of betraying the public trust by flagrantly violating the First Amendment rights of users, among other online crimes.
“Jurisdictional agreements between the FTC and Justice Department don’t assign one agency the right to oversee one company for all purposes,” the WSJ revealed about how things are slated to proceed.
“Instead, the two antitrust agencies clear each other to work on specific issues. Both the FTC and Justice Department, for example, in the past have conducted oversight of issues related to Google and Amazon.”
For more stories about how Big Tech monopolies like Facebook and Twitter are censoring content they don’t like in violation of the First Amendment, be sure to check out Censorship.news.
DOJ and FTC have plenty of witnesses to speak with, including Big Tech employees who’ve come out as whistleblowers exposing the Tech Cabal’s digital crimes
It certainly won’t be difficult for either the DOJ or the FTC to uncover the truth, especially when Big Tech employees are increasingly coming forward to spill the beans about what they know.
Mike Wacker, a software engineer at Google, recently published an eye-opening exposé about how Google is basically run by far-Left “outrage mobs and witch hunts” – meaning the search engine giant targets and punishes anyone whose views don’t align with the prevailing Left-wing political and social narrative.
“These outrage mobs against ‘hate’ have become honeypots for toxic, hostile, and uncivil discourse,” Wacker explains on his blog.
“While some of their rhetoric is so outlandish that you have no choice but to laugh it, the psychological effects that these outrage mobs have on their targets is nothing to laugh about,” he adds.
There’s a similar toxic climate of hostility and uncivil discourse at Facebook as well, where having any “politically incorrect” viewpoint not only about politics, but also health and medicine, can get you banned from the platform.
This is why CrossFit Inc. recently announced that it will no longer be using either Facebook or Instagram, which is now owned by Facebook, due to the Silicon Valley behemoth’s anti-free speech policies.
“Facebook’s action should give any serious person reason to pause, especially those of us engaged in activities contrary to prevailing opinion,” reads an official public statement issued by CrossFit.
“Facebook’s news feeds are censored and crafted to reflect the political leanings of Facebook’s utopian socialists while remaining vulnerable to misinformation campaigns designed to stir up violence and prejudice … Facebook censors and removes user accounts based on unknown criteria and at the request of third parties including government and foreign government agencies,” the statement goes on to say.
Rationalism vs. empiricism is a philosophical debate about the way human beings gain knowledge. There is a wide array of theses associated with rationalism and empiricism. Empiricists look to the world outside themselves as the source of knowledge, while rationalists look to the world within themselves as the source of knowledge. The empiricist holds that we cannot truly know something without first examining the related empirical evidence—that is, what we can see, smell, hear, touch, or taste. We learn by experiencing the world around us in concrete ways. The rationalist would argue that humans have an innate knowledge that does not come from experience but simply exists within us from birth. Based on that innate knowledge, the rationalist also holds that humans can reason toward new knowledge. The debate between rationalism and empiricism focuses on the divide between using the scientific method and one’s own rationale (independent of external evidence) to arrive at “truth.”
A famous rationalist, Rene Descartes, said, “I think, therefore I am.” By this he meant that, since we have thoughts and ideas that originate a priori (without prior understanding), we can know that we exist or that we are real. The empiricist, on the other hand, must grapple with whether or not he—or indeed, anything at all—has true existence. If all he has to base reality upon are the senses or his own feelings of pain or pleasure, there is no guarantee that he himself is not a hologram or a figment of someone else’s imagination. He could be living in a dream state, trapped in a coma. There’s no way for him to be sure. The rationalist says, “Nonsense, you know you’re real, and so do I, and that’s all there is to it. You don’t need extra evidence to prove your existence. You think, and therefore you are.”
When it comes to a Christian view of rationalism vs. empiricism, a believer in God should start with the same questions that any philosopher starts with: how do I know that I know what I know? When I look at the world around me, how can I be sure that my understanding of it is right? When I examine my own thoughts, how do I ensure that my thoughts—and my examination of them—are correct? The answer to these questions is not found in confidence in oneself or one’s mind, but trust in God.
The writer of Proverbs tells us to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). “But,” someone may ask, “how can I know that my perception of this knowledge from God is not subject to the same human errors that the rest of knowledge is subject to?” The answer is found in the very next verse, Proverbs 3:6: “In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” What this means—and it is a theme echoed throughout all Scripture—is that the only Being who truly knows what He knows is God. Since we are finite, our minds are unable to be completely sure of our thoughts or knowledge, whether we are empiricists looking at the evidence, or rationalists depending on innate knowledge. Even those embroiled in the rationalism vs. empiricism debate will admit that the human experience includes both a search for empirical data and a reliance on innate knowledge. But every human being is subject to error, and neither method of knowing will give us perfect understanding. That is why we must trust God to provide the answers and the knowledge we need (James 1:5). God’s Word is truth (John 17:17).
Many people, in all stages of faith, struggle to trust God. Job, after challenging God and hearing God’s response, concluded that “surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know” (Job 42:3). It is tempting, in such a humanistic era, to believe that we by our own power can rise to any height of knowledge if we simply find the correct method. But the Bible tells us that we have limited power and that we must trust God if we are ever to have peace (Isaiah 26:3).
If the issue of rationalism vs. empiricism, or any other philosophical conundrum, is causing you to worry, remember Paul’s exhortation to believers: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6–7).
It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated.
“Pedophile priests” have reverberated throughout America. But beneath our anger and revulsion, a fundamental question pulsates: Are those who abuse their positions of trust to prey upon children—a category certainly not limited to those in religious orders—sick … or are they evil? We need the answer to that fundamental question. Because, without the truth, we cannot act. And until we act, nothing will change.
My job is protecting children. It has taken me from big cities to rural outposts, from ghettos to penthouses, and from courtrooms to genocidal battlefields. But whatever the venue, the truth remains constant: Some humans intentionally hurt children. They commit unspeakable acts—for their pleasure, their profit, or both.
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