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.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Opus 2014-127: New Terms: The Inaccurate Mind

When I first developed an interest in blogs and blogging I seemed to have a lot more time.  I came across an atheist’s blog.  It looked interesting.  He made some strong statements and I wanted to respond.  The problem was he did not take comments.

He made it very clear that anyone who disagreed with him was stupid and not worth listening to.  There is nothing like an open mind.  And there is nothing like a closed mind.  I find both kinds on both sides of the aisle.

I sometimes wonder if we are wasting our time in continuing to dialogue with people who refuse to listen or consider plain facts.  I often shake my head over the comedy line, “Who are you going to believe, me or you lying eyes?”  I look at simple things like raising the minimum wage.  The correlation is clear.  When you raise the minimum wage the result is fewer jobs for those at the lower economic levels.  Why are things like that so hard to see and accept?

Blaise Pascal had a term I came across.  He called it an “inaccurate mind.”
“ must have a quite inaccurate mind who reasons wrongly from principles so plain that it is almost impossible they should escape notice.”  Pensées, Kindle Highlight Loc. 257-58
I had a student doing a report on FDR.  He had the idea that Roosevelt had brought us out of the Great Depression and cured the failed economy.  After all, didn’t his programs put people back to work and end unemployment?  Didn’t he save the country?  He had been reading the works of well educated historians.  I quietly walked the the computer, Googled unemployment statistics and showed the graph to him.  It only took him a few seconds see that unemployment got much worse under the New Deal than is had been when the banks failed.  It was clear that unemployment was never dealt with until World War II started.  It was clear that Roosevelt was a failure.  It only took him a few moments.  Why do scholars not see it?

Could it be that having an education gives you an “inaccurate mind”?

At the same time I wonder how many times in our relationships is it us who turn off the comment section so people think we won’t listen.

Communication involves a willingness to listen.

homo unius libri


  1. The goal of a normal education should be to show us how ignorant we are, so we desire to learn the facts. Unfortunately, the liberal education seems limited to finding ways to back up preconceived false ideas.

    1. That sounds like a hole in one.

      The strange reality of wisdom is that it is based on knowing how much you don't know.

      Grace and peace.


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