Scales: Cosmos, Knowledge & Faith

The Scale of the Universe: You are not at the center of it and nor am I.

The Scale of Knowledge: Too often we do not know what we do not know.

“. . .the elites have gotten to a point where they don’t even know what they don’t know. Reminds me of the pair of Purdue art professors writing an exhibition catalog who were appallingly ignorant of Biblical subjects–even when the picture had a caption! I had to explain to them who Lot & Co. were and why they were leaving Sodom.”

Several years ago I took some philosophy courses at the University of Oregon. One of the teaching assistants, who was close to earning his doctorate in philosophy (his thesis was on some aspect of Nietzsche’s thought), was a professed atheist, but not of the “new atheist” variety. We went out for coffee a couple of times and he lamented, to my surprise, that he had not (in his words) “been given the gift of faith.” He then said, “I sometimes wish I could have lived in the medieval era, because even though life was hard, people knew their place in the cosmos.”

The Scale of Faith: “Right worship gathers the world.”


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