Interpreter Peer Reviewed

Interpreter Peer Reviewed

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Why I haven't done peer reviews in a while

Doing peer reviews of the Interpreter is sort of like doing peer reviews for Pravda. Or the National Enquirer. It's just not worth the time.

The very name Interpreter says it all. The scholars who run the Interpreter presume to interpret the scriptures--well, the gospel itself--for the rest of us. They don't tolerate alternative perspectives. They allow only their own interpretations and expect everyone to toe their line.

Actually, I haven't looked at the Interpreter in months, so maybe they've changed, but I doubt it.

What prompted this post is an article published recently in the Wall St. Journal about academic freedom and inquiry. This line reminded me of the Interpreter and its refusal to publish alternative ideas. (The same goes for the entire citation cartel, but IMO the Interpreter is the worst of the bunch.)

"A person who has not fallen so deeply in love with his or her opinions as to value them above truth will want to listen to others who see things differently."

Here is the link to the article: http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-i-wanted-to-debate-peter-singer-1482098245

Why I Wanted to Debate Peter Singer

Students, pay attention: There’s always value in listening to those who see the world differently.



Excerpts:
If you are a student at a college or university, you are there to learn—from the faculty, from the speakers who visit campus, and from each other. It is a precious opportunity.
Making the most of these years requires cultivating and practicing certain virtues, including dispassion, intellectual humility, openness of mind and, above all, love of truth. Your willingness to listen attentively and respectfully to intelligent people who challenge your beliefs, who represent causes you disagree with and points of view you do not share, will allow you to strengthen these virtues.
Take courses from professors who will challenge your views, whatever they are, and attend lectures by visiting scholars whose ideas you find uncongenial, because, after all, you may—as any of us may—be wrong. And even if you are right, seriously and respectfully engaging these thinkers will deepen your understanding of the truth and strengthen your ability to defend it.
None of us is infallible. Whether you are a person of the left, the right, or the center, there are reasonable people of goodwill who do not share your fundamental convictions. This does not mean that all opinions are equally valid or that there is no truth. Nor does it mean you are necessarily wrong. But they are not necessarily wrong either.
A person who has not fallen so deeply in love with his or her opinions as to value them above truth will want to listen to others who see things differently. This is the way to learn what considerations—the evidence and arguments—have led them to conclusions that differ from one’s own.
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We all should be willing—eager—to engage with anyone who is prepared to do business in the currency of intellectual discourse by offering reasons, marshaling evidence and making arguments. The more important the subject under discussion, the more eager we should be to listen and engage—especially if the person in question will challenge our deeply held beliefs, even those that form our identity.
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As we've seen, the Interpreter represents the antithesis of this approach. So