Preconceived notions can led unsuspecting readers to form wrong conclusions.
For example, who comes to mind when I tell you:
the first century of the Common Era, there appeared at the eastern end of the
He was said to have worked miracles of goodness, casting out demons, healing the sick, raising the dead. His exemplary life led some of his followers to claim he was a son of God, though he called himself the son of a man.
of sedition against
Who was this teacher and wonder-worker?
His name was Apollonius of Tyana; he died about 98 CE and his story may be read in Flavius Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius. 1
See what happens when you have preconceived ideas before you read the facts?
1. The Life and Times of Apollonius of Tyana, trans. Charles P Eells,