Always Learning Never Understanding

The most irksome types to my mind are those who hate certainty. Because they hold to this idea doubt is good, they think everyone else must too. You will know them by their mantra we cannot know for sure.

They follow up with just admit you might be wrong. That maybe they are the ones who are wrong escapes them entirely.

Okay so today’s seminaries seem to churn out skeptics by design; but you should know it was not always this way.

In spite of attacks on the faith by philosophers in the latter part of the nineteenth century, or maybe because of it, theological giants and scholars were the mainstay of the faith and its best defenders; in the early to middle part of the Twentieth.

To give you an idea of what I am getting at; one academic was proficient in the Old Testament and in 40 ancient languages.

He was the go-to-guy in his field, the only one with such knowledge that he earned the right to be called an expert. And he is just one example, though probably the best. Now compare it to today when every second person is touted as an expert. It seems to me the more experts there are the less certainty there is. Maybe the problem is we not that knowledgeable. What we have is more like puffery.

While asking the right questions is important some believe that is enough, and they happy to stop right there, while I believe questions can be a good aid to finding answers. Spot the difference.

There is a perspective I believe which sums up the quagmire we are in very well; and it goes like this.

(They) are always learning but never able to come to knowledge of the truth. Study might be a process but coming to knowledge of the truth is the final destination, or should be. Otherwise what is the point? Why bother. We study to gain understanding not just for the sake of it.

So I have used religion as an example but the same principle can be applied to just about any topic.

Think of how people jump all over some new trendy idea. They connect to ideas and form an attachment to them. Is the real reason people reject knowledge is they scared of what they might find? Or that they won’t like it?

It does seem a plausible explanation when you get right down to it.

Always studying never learning anything can seem an easy way out. It is an excuse.

A scorner seeks wisdom, and does not find it; but knowledge is easy to him that understands.

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Ann Carriage

Political animal, interested in the story behind the story. A concepts driven individual.