From historian, Eric Foner:
My own saying, I don’t know if I invented this—perhaps I did—which I tell students is that “nothing is easier than finding what you are looking for.” In other words, that’s my plea to be open-minded. When you go to an archive, you have certain presuppositions but it’s very easy to find what you’re looking for and to ignore those things which don’t fit your assumptions, and you can’t do that. You have to, as they say, be open-minded enough to be willing to change your mind when you encounter countervailing evidence.
Dave Moore’s Reflection:
Many, and yes I said many Christians, are rather poor at this kind of godly, but nimble type of thinking. We pretty much mimic the culture at large. Most of us Americans hunker down in our own cultural, social, and intellectual silos. We regularly choose ignorance, group pressure, and fear to determine our cherished beliefs.
HT: John Fea
The rest is here: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/166481