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The Only Orthodoxy is a community committed to thinking, writing, and talking about issues of political, cultural, philosophical, or religious significance. We have few rules here other than the exercise of civility, which we typically interpret as the absence of ad hominem. But we do have one orthodoxy. We believe that the truths of external reality (and much of internal reality) are objective, that they are at least partially discoverable, and that reason is the primary tool available to us for that discovery. And by reason, we mean the processes of making sense of things by establishing and verifying facts and applying logic.
It is with that intention that the essays and works of this site are offered. And because we believe that we’re searching for truths that exist ‘out there’ as more than manifestations of our own opinions or emotions, we believe that there is much help to be had from others of like mind.
Because we have only one orthodoxy, we are freed from the petty tyrannies of others. We do not kiss the ring of political correctness, we feel no need to defer to anyone’s emotional engagement to an opinion or issue, and we find the possibility that a conclusion may cause offense less important than the possibility that it may be true. Because we have one orthodoxy, we are free to deal frankly with matters like faith, and science, and philosophy on their own terms as different lenses through which differing aspects of reality can, by the application of reason, be better known.
So, please, read, comment, and help us engage the process of eliminating error and pursuing better understanding.