Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Does an ideology measure up?

John Tertullian mentions 4 (non-exhaustive) criteria in judging an ideology. They appear quite useful. How does an ideology measure up to
  1. Loving one's neighbour as oneself;
  2. Doing as you would likewise have done unto you;
  3. Focus upon one's own faults before trying to correct others; and
  4. Truth telling versus lying.
In as much as a belief system breaks these rules as part of its modus operandi then it can be dismissed as false. For example is if a system knowingly lies to outsiders to increase its effect or credibility it should be dismissed. Quite a useful sieve.

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