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

If a man wants to read good books…

If a man wants to read good books, he must make a point of avoiding bad ones; for life is short, and time and energy limited.

Arthur Schopenhauer, quoted in A Mind for God by James Emery White, kindle location 291

Some books are to be tasted…

Not every book qualifies for a cover-to-cover journey. Long ago, Francis Bacon gave this wise counsel: “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

James Emery White, from Serious Times, p. 108

Reading a Book…

Overview

  • Get a sense of the book in 5-10 minutes.
  • Read the jacket copy & contents, skim preface & introduction, read conclusion (last 3 pages) and skim the index. Note publisher and date of publication.
  • Quickly page through the entire book at the rate of 2-3 seconds per page.
  • Determine if you want to read the book more thoroughly, give it away, or file it for future reference.

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Education is a weapon…

Education is a weapon, whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.

Joseph Stalin, quoted by Douglas Wilson in Excused Absence, p. 17

I will give you a Socialist State…

Give me your four-year olds and in a generation I will give you a Socialist State.

Vladimir Lenin, quoted by Peter Bocchino in The Role of Education in Shaping Man’s Morality in the 21st Century

I will not come over to your side…

When an opponent declares “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say your child belongs to us already. What are you? You will pass on, your descendants, however, now stand in a new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.

Adolf Hitler, quoted by Voddie Baucham in Whoever Controls the Schools Rules the World at 21:48