We seek to show people the benefits of making decisions based on data. AND the dangers of making decisions based on empathy and emotional reasoning.
THE REASON FOR THE NEW LOGO:
Previously, TESTING ORTHODOXY used the following symbol as our logo:
We used this logo for a very specific purpose. According to Christian tradition, when St. Peter was crucified, he requested to be crucified upside-down.
He did this because he did not feel worthy to be crucified like Christ. He did not feel worthy to be associated with the symbol of Christ’s sacrifice. Peter viewed the act of suffering for Christ as a privilege. Many Christians today seem to believe that suffering can and should be avoided. They arrogantly brandish Christ’s symbol as a tribal insignia.
There is a sin of certainty in the world. It’s a universal sin. Humans crave total clarity and abhor the slightest tinge of ambiguity that clouds it. This addiction to black and white can be both a moral danger and an intellectual cancer.
The use of St. Peter’s cross was meant to signal that it’s okay to be humble about our epistemological capacity. It’s okay to not be certain. It’s okay to be contemplative. It’s not virtuous to be a fundamentalist radical. It’s not possible to be omniscient. Principles supported by evidence are always preferable to ideologies fueled by ego. Instead of indulging our narcissistic need to be heard, regardless of whether we’re informed, we should put more effort in trying to understand the complexity of the world around us.
INTRODUCING THE NEW LOGO
The mission of TESTING ORTHODOXY has not changed. However, many Christian Evangelicals believed that St. Peter’s cross was referring to Satanism. This distraction was counterproductive.
As you can see, the symbol looks different, depending on which lines you’re looking at it. It either faces down and to the right, or up and to the left. Your perspective can change based on new contextual information.
Hopefully, this logo will be a less controversial way for us to illustrate the same philosophy.
We should put more effort in trying to understand the complexity of the world around us.