Cherry Picking 101

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“So often we (as Christians) focus on the verses that we like to hear while ignoring their framework (as in context, context, context). Verses like those cited above make for great bookmarks, posters, and all the other things we tend to print them on, but they don’t tell the whole story. They only tell a tiny piece of it–the pieces we want to hear while ignoring the rest. There are no quick and easy “Cliff Notes” on how we can get everything we want without any cost to us when it comes to living out genuine, authentic Christianity.”

Sara's Musings

cherry pickingWe all do it.We choose what we like and cast off what we don’t like, often with little regard as to what it is we are really casting off. In science it is defined as “choosing to make selective choices among competing evidence, so as to emphasize those results that support a given position, while ignoring or dismissing any findings that do not support it–a practice known as “cherry picking” –and it is a hallmark of poor science or pseudo-science” (quote source here).

Now bear with me through this next definition:

Cherry picking, suppressing evidence, or the fallacy of incomplete evidence is the act of pointing to individual cases or data that seem to confirm a particular position, while ignoring a significant portion of related cases or data that may contradict that position. It is a kind of fallacy of selective attention, the most common…

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