From historian, Eric Foner:
My own saying, I don’t know if I invented this—perhaps I did—which I tell students is that “nothing is easier than finding what you are looking for.” In other words, that’s my plea to be open-minded. When you go to an archive, you have certain presuppositions but it’s very easy to find what you’re looking for and to ignore those things which don’t fit your assumptions, and you can’t do that. You have to, as they say, be open-minded enough to be willing to change your mind when you encounter countervailing evidence.
Dave Moore’s Reflection:
Many, and yes I said many Christians, are rather poor at this kind of godly, but nimble type of thinking. We pretty much mimic the culture at large. Most of us Americans hunker down in our own cultural, social, and intellectual silos. We regularly choose ignorance, group pressure, and fear to determine our cherished beliefs.
HT: John Fea
The rest is here: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/166481
From Alan Jacobs:
As our cultural elites lose even the most elementary biblical literacy, this is going to happen more and more often: reading the Bible-saturated literature of the past and missing, not secondary and trivial illusions, but the entire point of stories and novels and plays and poems, and for that matter paintings and sculptures and musical compositions. The artistic past of the West will become incomprehensible, but — and this is the scary thing — no one will know that they’re misreading. Gross errors will be passed down from teacher to student, from scholar to reader, and it is difficult to imagine circumstances arising in which they can be corrected.
In her eminently fascinating book, Carolyn Weber writes about the questions she hurled at a fellow student. She then observes:
I now understand why the words conversation and conversion are evocative of each other, turning toward each other, yet separated merely by where you are “at.”
(From Surprised by Oxford: a Memoir, p. 82)
“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” Edmund Burke
HT: Steve Leveen
Conceit arises not from knowledge, but from ‘knowing nothing’ ~ wisdom from Chrysostom (HT: Miroslav Volf)
The eminent Catholic scholar, Michael Novak, has died. His quiet genius influenced many of the more popular names you may know. In any case, there is a nice tribute to him below.
One of the best quotes from him on the possibility of humans creating some utopia: “To know oneself is to disbelieve in utopia. To seek realism is to learn mercy.”
6 Quotes: Michael Novak on Freedom and Institutions
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
HT: Thomas Kidd
From Pastor Derwin Gray:
“The church should be a tutor to the world of what racial reconciliation looks like.”
“Teamwork makes the dream work.”
“God loves big buts.”
“The scene of the crime is your mind.”