Postel’s Law

I’ve been thinking about how technology can inform the Church’s thinking for a long time now. So you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across Postel’s Law, or “The Robustness Principle” as expressed by Jon Postel, one of the original designers of computer network theory:

“Perhaps his most famous legacy is from RFC 793, which includes a Robustness Principle which is often quoted as ‘Postel’s Law’: ‘be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others’ (often reworded as ‘be conservative in what you send, be liberal in what you receive’).”

Be conservative in what you do, liberal in what you accept.

I wonder just how far off the mark this is from Christianity at its best?

Read the rest here: Jon Postel – Wikipedia

Author: Nick Knisely

Episcopal bishop, dad, astronomer, erstwhile dancer...