Ever since studying Psychology at BYU, it drives me a little crazy when someone says they are “unbiased”. Everyone has their biases. No researcher really starts a project without hopes or expectations about the outcome. I learned that it is better to reveal your bias, and be clear about it, than pretend I’m not biased. So here it goes.
I’m a Mormon. I’m a very confused Mormon, but I’m a Mormon. If I can, in any way, make these confusing issues less confusing enough so that I can believe, at some level, I will. I want to look at the facts. I want to consider my experiences as well. I’ve lived a life, why ignore what has happened to me? Why ignore what has happened to others? But at the same time, I know that people all over the world, in every country and religion, have had spiritual experiences too, and lots of them think they have the truth too. Basically, I want to consider all the information and then believe if there is still room to believe. I’m not unbiased, I just also can no longer ignore facts that go against what I formerly (and to some extent still) believe.
So there’s my bias.