Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Opus 2012-40, Links: A Seed Planted

Awhile back I came across some thinking at Georges Grouse.  I wrote it down so I could come back to it, but I forgot to mark the actual post.
“Remember, too, that ‘science’ once insisted that the earth was the center of the solar system and that ‘bleeding’ patients made them healthier. Most of the people reading this are old enough to remember ‘science’ reversing itself on several issues in the past few decades. Let’s face it; science is nothing more than a system of educated guesses.”
Saying science is “nothing more than a system of educated guesses” is not an insult.  It is a statement of fact.  It is called the scientific method, based on stating an hypothesis, doing research, coming to a conclusion and stating anther hypothesis.  In case you don’t know, “hypothesis” is a big word meaning “educated guess.”

Real science is always in transition.  Georges mentioned a few areas of constant change.  All science is constant change.  Compare almost any field of science to where it was one hundred years ago and you will see one of two things:  It is totally changed or it did not exist.

Now compare that to the Christian faith.  How many total reversals have we had in the faith in the past 2000 years?  Not many if you rule out the people whose whole purpose is to sow dissension and confusion.  This past year I read Pilgrims Progress for the first time.  I had some trouble with the archaic English but none with the thoughts expressed.  I have read a book written by William Wilberforce, the short title is A Practical View of Christianity.  It reads like something written by a modern believer.  I am reading the Works of John Wesley.  It is fresh and alive.  I am currently working through Augustine’s Confessions.  It is an old translation and that gives me trouble, but I find what he has to say about his spiritual journey to be the same path I follow. 

So which do you think is more reliable for a life foundation, every changing science or the eternal truth of the Bible? 

I made my decision and I am sticking with it.

Thanks Georges for the seed but I won’t blame you for the plant that grew out of it.

homo unius libri


  1. Looks like a good plant to me, Pumice! As for "Pilgrim's Progress," I used to hear Jerry Faldwell say that he could only have two books, they would be the Bible and Pilgrim's Progress. Finding an antique copy in a bookstore, I bought and read it. I somewhat enjoyed the archaic language, yet the book was tedious and seemed at times to cross the line from righteous to self-righteous. I remember few books that I was so glad to finish and be done with. Still, I'm glad I read it, but my second book would probably be my big Bible dictionary. (After that, I might go secular and opt for "A Sand County Almanac.")

  2. I can see what you say about Pilgrim's Progress. It would never be my second book. I don't know what would but I might want a good concordance. I don't know if you have read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I think it does for modern readers what Pilgrim's Progress did for previous generations.

    Grace and peace.


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.