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.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Opus 2013-254: The Question of Why?

Alton Brown is not known as a philosopher.  He is known for his cable cooking show.  Granted, he has a novel approach, but he is a food preparer.  In spite of that, as I was reading through one of his books I came across this.
“I know there are those who would say, ‘who cares?  As long as I know how, why bother with why?’  I can only offer that for me, until I deal with the why, I don’t really know the how...if you know what I mean.” page 7
The question of “why” is of great importance in a free society.  Just because we can doesn’t mean that we should.  We need people asking the reason behind the action.  It has to do with morals, ethics, goals and, yes, consequences.

Animals can be trained to push buttons and do simple tasks but they cannot be trained to think.  We need to teach people to understand the reasons why they are doing things.  In a crisis this will help them make decisions when there is no one to tell them what to do.  This is called growing up.

So ask “Why?”  Ask it in all areas of your life.  Drive people nuts.  Make them think.

Brown, Alton.  I’m Just Here for the Food.  New York:  Harry N. Abrams, 2006.

homo unius libri


  1. Perhaps our morals are determined at age two when we ALL ask "why."

    1. And answered now by parents who are on their smart phones.

      Grace and peace.


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