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April 27th, 2015 by Joel Watts

#QOTD – blessed ignorance 


Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


2 Responses to “#QOTD – blessed ignorance ”
  1. Know More Than I Should says

    The happiness may not be temporary. In the mid-18th century, Thomas Gray observed: “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.”

    Furthermore, it is possible to argue that, literally from the beginning, Judeo-Christiainity sought to stifle inquiry. After all, according to the Bible, humankind’s first sin was seeking knowledge. Then, according to the mythology, it’s been all downhill from there.

    Thus, it is possible to create an entire religion — even a society — based on oblivion. In fact, one of the more silly superstitions I’ve come across in Christianity claims the less one knows about what the Bible says, the less one will be held accountable on the Day of Judgment!

    More dangerous, the anti-intellectual thread in Christianity — Jews tending to wise enough to avoid this trap — ascribes secular knowledge as derived from Satan. In turn, this results in a selective intellectual filter preventing assemilation of knowlege in areas such as history, politics, psychology, science, and especially sex!

    • sure, it is possible to argue that — but it is possible to argue that the earth is 6000 years old and that aliens built the pyramids. Simply because it is possible doesn’t make the argument valid.

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