One of the few musical geniuses from the past two decades, Beck, makes this revealing quote in the September 2008 issue of Spin Magazine:

Spin: Has the belief system of Scientology been a crucial part of your partnership with your wife?

Beck: You know, it’s books; it’s not a belief system.  It’s only true if it’s true for you.  That’s the way anything is.  With my wife, I think…you respond to a person as a person.  It’s not based on anything other than two human beings.  We’re just like anybody else, working and trying to raise a family.


~ by Dave Smith on October 14, 2008.

2 Responses to “Verbage”

  1. We like to make a big deal out of this statement…often using it as a launching pad to critique bad logic, pluralism, relativism, etc.

    But I wonder, is he really saying what we think he’s saying?

    What we think he’s saying: “truth is completely individual and not absolute”

    But is he really intent on making a broad philosophical statement about the nature of truth?

    What he might be saying: “truth only means something if it’s personalized”

    I sense a more pragmatic approach to a search for meaning…

    “it’s books” [i.e. information that helps me in the moment]

    “it’s not a belief system” [i.e. it’s not “traditional” religion]

    “it’s true for you” [i.e. if truth is not experienced how can it really be true?]

    There’s always going to be a tension between the church and culture…but this kind of statement from Beck is so cliche that I seriously doubt that is what he intended to mean.

  2. Great perspective. Beck has such rich depth that I would also assume that his statement was beyond the traditional cliche.

    I found it to be an interesting comment for sure.

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