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, January 21, 2022

Opus 2022-030: New Terms: Sophiology

I keep track of the non-fiction books I read each year.  I put down the date I finished and the general topic.  I was surprised to look back and see I had read four books I labeled “Philosophy” and a couple of more I could have put in that category.  It surprises me because one of my most boring classes in college was the required Philosophy 101 all students had to take.  I never wanted to touch philosophy again.  

It took years for me to wake up to the fact that we are all philosophers.  Any time we disagree with someone and try to explain it we get into philosophy.  My position is that philosophy is made to argue, not to be read.  Having said that I keep wondering why certain writers get so much press from modern thinkers.  Now that I am old and looking for reasons to sit in my chair I have decided to do a little reading of the books I missed in my youth.  

I think we need to re-label philosophy.  The word is often a lie.  It is a combination of two Greek words.  One means love and the other wisdom.  Together they mean a love of wisdom.  Too often that is a lie.  We should do away with philosophy because those who speak it often do not love wisdom.  They are out for royalties, power or fame.  Instead we should make it a scientific pursuit and call it Sophiology.  That would mean the study of wisdom.  

You can study something without acting like you love it.  You don’t manipulate what you love.  You don’t distort what you love.  You don’t try to confuse people with what you love.  Too often those seem to be the goals of modern philosophers.  

homo unius libri

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