It is one thing to recognize bias…

It is one thing to recognize bias and aim off for it: it is quite another to suppose that because men passionately believe something to be true it must therefore be false.

Michael Green, from The Truth of God Incarnate, p. 120

People who are not neutral…

It is not fair … to assume someone has distorted the facts simply because he has a stake in the matter. People who are not neutral can still be fair and impartial. Instead, you have to show that they have faltered by looking carefully at the evidence itself.

Greg Koukl, from Tactics, kindle location 2659

If writing with a goal implies propaganda…

If writing with a goalwhether it be evangelistic, apologetic, or didacticimplies propaganda, then all recorded history is propaganda … a work shouldn’t be dismissed simply because of the strong convictions of the writer. Should we discount the facticity or reliability of the accounts of Nazi concentration camp survivors simply because they passionately recount their story?

Paul Copan, from True For You, But Not For Me, p. 101

The charge of “bias” is often truth-avoidance…

Thankfully, the New Testament authors wrote out of personal devotion and zeal for Christ, who had transformed their lives. Their passion didn’t undermine their objectivity or twist the truth— no more so than did the passion of Auschwitz survivors Elie Wiesel or Viktor Frankl, who wrote with both fervor and penetrating insight about their experience and the human condition. Whether Holocaust survivors or New Testament witnesses, we’re drawn to their writings precisely because they couldn’t stop speaking about what they’d seen and heard. The charge of “bias” is often a truth-avoidance tactic, and the critic is still left holding his own bundle of arbitrary biases that needn’t be taken seriously. No, certain perspectives (“biases”)—even passionate ones—can be accurate, and we can many times recognize those that we should dismiss and others that we should affirm.

Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 49

Neutrality is not required…

Neutrality or detached objectivity—if possible at all—is not required for honest and accurate reporting.

Douglas Groothuis, from On Jesus, p. 15

What about the author’s agenda?..

Religious skeptics believe that books like this one can’t be trusted for objective information because such books are written by religious people who have an agenda. In fact, that’s the way skeptics view the Bible—it’s a biased book written by biased people. Continue reading

Is reason objective?..

Is reason objective? Answer, we have to distinguish two senses of the term objective. If somebody says to you, “Nobody is objective” … you want to stop and say, “Wait a minute, which kind of objectivity do you mean?” One kind is psychological objectivity, and the other kind is rational objectivity. So let’s talk about these and see if we can get it clear.

J. P. Moreland, from the Truth and the Consequences of Postmodernism lecture