Philosopher Andrew Pessin gives us his solution (maybe) to religious intolerance. All religions and their holy books need a “preface.” Not just any old preface, but a very particular one. The preface to religious belief should run more or less as follows: Every word of this is true AND there may be some mistakes here. Pessin calls this the “Paradox of the Preface.”
It’s not a bad thing.
To believe of each and every sentence that it is true is to believe, in effect, that not one of the sentences is false; but to believe that there is at least one error in the work is to believe that at least one of the sentences is false, and thus to contradict the first belief.
And yet both beliefs can seem so plausible! Indeed—and here’s the key—even after we become aware of the implicit contradiction, both the contradictory beliefs remain quite appealing in their own right.
Read his brief essay here:
Every word he writes is true! I think….
In fact, we might boil down the “Paradox of the Preface” to just this: “I think….”
Tattoo this on yourself somewhere (I’m kidding, sort of…):
The first and greatest sin is IDOLATRY; the first and greatest virtue is HUMILITY.