"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."
July 28, 2006

See?

“…there are millions out there for whom thinking would indeed be a challenge. And that is why it is possible for one person to lead millions into busy lives with inactive minds. Listen to the horrendous illogic that sounds forth from the gatekeepers of our culture when they try to make a case against the sacred. The aurgumentative capacity of talk-show hosts who make moral pronouncements against morality is exceeded only by a pathetic inability to build a sound argument. The move from unsubstantiated premises to invalid deductions consistently color their faulty thinking, and what is more, the same fallacies get transmitted to uncritical hearers. Assertions claiming truth frequently go uncorroborated, and the arguments that are built show a complete disregard of validity. One can only shake one’s head in disbelief and marvel at how mushy our thinking has become. The science and art of critical thinking have been humiliated in a generation that thinks with its eyes. — Ravi Zacharias, Deliver Us from Evil, p. 140

March 19, 2006

Rhetoric vs Spirit

It is interesting to note an observation made by a man centuries old regarding rhetoric. Clement states:

“I frequented the schools of the philosophers, where, however, I heard nothing but dogmatic assertions and equally dogmatic refutations endlessly put forth — formal disputations, artfully constructed syllogisms, and subtle conclusions … Neither side ever brought forth proof that really convinced me inside, because the statements and definitions of things passed as true or false not from the actual nature of things or the real truth, but always according to the skill and cleverness of the people putting them forth.” (Clementine Recognitions, I, 3, in Patrol. Graec I, 1208)

Beware the Korihors, for they are many.