Apothegms and Observations XLIV

  1. Truly, “Abusus non tollit usum.”
  2. Do not say, “I will be praying for you” if you won’t.
  3. In heaven, there will be enjoyment without addiction, leisure without boredom, art without ego, and religion without guilt.
  4. Unfortunately, the politician usually thinks in terms of power, not in terms of truth.
  5. What is progress?
  6. It is difficult to discern the difference between a desire for justice and a desire for vengeance, especially within ourselves.
  7. The key to responsible citizenship in an era of partisan politics is focus.
  8. The Christian faces a horrible question: what if the Law of Christ does not lead to health? The atheist faces the reverse horror: what if our current evolutionary snapshot does not lead to sound ethics?
  9. I find that my heart is far easier to corrupt while I am seeking to bring justice than while I am seeking to spread love.
  10. The difference between a mob and an organization: a mob suffers no leaders.
  11. If I can listen to a political theorist for his politics while disregarding his theology, then can I listen to a theologian for his theology while disregarding his politics? I ask in earnest, for I do not know.
  12. The truest deconstruction was Nietzsche’s.
  13. How to persuade someone of idiotic words? Say them with style and conviction.
  14. How to persuade someone of idiotic words? Believe them yourself.
  15. How to persuade someone of idiotic words? First persuade the cool kids.
  16. How to persuade someone of idiotic words? Repeat them 10,000 times.
  17. How to persuade someone of idiotic words? Appeal to ethics rather than evidence.
  18. My torturous haunter: “What if, after twenty centuries, the scholars conclude that the Scriptures are incoherent?”
  19. There will always be trustworthy sources of news, and there will never be a source of news that shouldn’t be sifted.
  20. I care little for vague and dubious social analysis of “Evangelical culture.” I care about what is true doctrine, what is good virtue, and what is beautiful fellowship.
  21. If Marxism and Christian doctrine are speaking the same way, that doesn’t mean Christian doctrine is Marxist. If the patriarchy and Christian doctrine are speaking the same way, that doesn’t mean Christian doctrine is patriarchal.
  22. Politics won’t save us.
  23. During Election Year, we would do well to study (and radically enact) Romans 14.
  24. It is difficult to discern what is prudent policy when the badness of false teachers (conscious and otherwise) is considered against the goodness of free discussion. Saruman’s voice should be stopped, but Galileo’s should not.
  25. Peace is fragile.
  26. Apathy is the surest way to avoid pain.
  27. A thinker wholly without controversy is rarely a wise guide, but even more so a thinker fraught with it.

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