Apothegms and Observations XXXIII

  1. If there is an overlap between the realms of scientific inquiry and biblical theology, and if both the scientific method and the careful interpretation of Scripture are valid epistemological systems, then there can be no contradictions in the areas where they overlap. Therefore, if there seems to be a contradiction, then the task of harmonization has begun. One or the other is wrongly interpreted.
  2. Truly, if I speak with the most beautiful and true words ever uttered, but have not love, it is only a pain to listen to me.
  3. Lack of humility leads to lack of listening to others leads to lack of understanding of others leads to assumption of foolishness of others leads to self-righteousness leads to lack of humility leads to ….
  4. He who embraces Marx must reckon with Lenin.
  5. It is better to keep silent than to speak from a heart of self-righteousness.
  6. When it is time to speak, do not keep silent.
  7. This is the beginning of living: “Christ came to save sinners, of whom I am foremost.”
  8. This is the beginning of counseling: “I am no better than you.”
  9. It is a joy to serve under a wise leader.
  10. The governance of a wise ruler is full of life.
  11. If you have never read a postmodern theorist, it is best to refrain from critiquing postmodernism.
  12. Atheistic metal is childish. What do they have to sing about? Emotions? Mere symbolism? Imagined myths? The Absurd? At most, Heideggerian contemplations on dying? No, we Christians actually believe in demons, sin, and a God who is a warrior vanquishing his foes, and we have more reason than anyone to make metal.
  13. Any serious insistence on purity will lead to something resembling Nazism, unless purity is understood to mean kindness and humility.
  14. Purity, cleanliness, disgust, and cruelty all go together quite nicely.
  15. A life with no disgust is a life with no values.
  16. A life lived only in opposition to Hitler’s monstrosities will inevitably become a monstrosity itself.
  17. Wisdom is persuasive to the wise man, but he is not convinced by foolishness.
  18. The fool receives instruction like the wise man receives arrogance. He is unmoved.
  19. Without knowledge of the problems, how can we speak of the answers?
  20. I hesitate to trust words that come without actions.
  21. The wise man enjoys the pleasures of the world without sinning.
  22. How am I to contemplate one with knowledge but no wisdom? What am I to do with one who is passionate but not wise?
  23. The wise man adapts to the society in which he lives.
  24. Men of understanding are unashamedly influenced by the place from which they come, yet are able to converse with each other like old friends.
  25. The words of the one who is slow to speak in a dispute are valuable, not to be dismissed.
  26. The wise Josh Van Swol said, “The Bible does not ever tell us to be quick to speak. It tells us to be bold in our speech.”
  27. How often it is that the one who knows least about a controversy speaks with the most confidence.
  28. The wise man might be convinced, but no argument can sway a fool.
  29. It is dangerous to scoff.
  30. Questions were made to be resolved, so that we may get to the joyful work of loving God with our mind, heart, and hands.
  31. Nietzsche was once asked why he believed what he believed. He wisely responded, “I don’t remember! I can hardly remember my opinions, and you expect me to remember the reasons for my opinions as well?” Hence, the importance of the written word.
  32. We are a most forgetful people.

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