“Plausible deniability” allows people to distort the truth by coming up with alternative narratives that could plausibly be true or difficult to prove false.
The Mexican government wants you to believe that cartel boss “El Chapo” Guzman “escaped” from prison via a tunnel a mile and a half long that not only went under a maximum security prison, but was able to end precisely under Guzmans cell. They want you to believe that nobody noticed the sound or the mounds of earth that were excavated. They want you to believe that there aren’t ground sensors all over the prisons perimeter that would have caught such activity. They want you to believe such things so you won’t believe that they were all paid off at every level to allow him to go.
The video from his cell and the tunnel give them plausible deniability.
Charles Bowden is somewhere laughing.
Gospel for Asia and it’s supporters want you to believe that K.P. Yohannan is a humble servant of God who only wears robes and has people kiss his ring because of cultural concerns.
They want you to ignore the fact that they are suing an Indian newspaper for defamation for not referring to Yohannan as “Metropolitan Bishop”, just like they want you to ignore a mountain of missing money and the testimonies of over a 100 former employees.
They want you to ignore these stories and believe their explanations on the basis of the reputation they have established and American leaders that have supported them.
Because we all know that Skip Heitzig has a pristine ethics record.
Because a bunch of your pastors say so, they have plausible deniability.
There are those who want you to believe that everything is hunky dory in Calvary Chapel.
The old guard wants the national conference to be moved about the country, more specifically, they want it removed from Brian Brodersen.
Thus, the announcement is made that there won’t be a national conference for two to three years and the pastors should attend a regional conference if they wanted to go conferencing.
That announcement was followed up by Brian Brodersen announcing the dates for next years conference…in Costa Mesa…with all regions invited.
But everything’s fine.
They all love each other.
They will fall back on plausible deniability to deny what I just wrote.
That’s ok…not many listened to Bowden either…but he was right.
Plausible deniability is just “fiction in action”…
Make your own application.