Here’s some solid advice for those times when you are stumped. It happens to all of us sometimes, get used to it.
The most important part? Don’t fake it! You will be busted. My favorite approach is to start asking a lot of questions to really understand what the other person is getting at. Then take what they say seriously and investigate it from all perspectives.
The wise have also said these things: It is wrong for judges to be prejudiced.
(Pro 24:23 GNB)
If you compare translations on this one the message behind the verse is simple; truth is true regardless of where it comes from. We must not be prejudiced with respect to persons. Don’t just trust some people automatically and distrust others with equal ease. Rather, we need to consider carefully what claims people are making and weigh the claims on their own merits. We must stick to the same standards as judges when we are discussing the really big issues of life.
I enjoyed this little article on epistemic humility. It’s a nice reminder that we need to adopt the right attitude toward knowledge and its use.
In case you hadn’t noticed (or if you read my blog from some time ago) I’ve been laying quite low for a while. There are a number of reasons for this, most recently because we’ve been facing some health issues in our family so my mind has been elsewhere. Don’t worry, that story has a happy ending.
But I am starting to brainstorm some ideas for the next revision of Arguing with Friends. I don’t have a set timeline for this yet and the way my life is running right now it will probably be a very long time in the future. However, as I brainstorm I thought I’d see if anybody who reads my blog had any comments to inspire my rework of the book. Specifically I am looking for two things.
If you have read the book, do you have any specific feedback? I have received some excellent feedback from a number of sources, and I will be making some changes based on their suggestions, but I’m always open to further commentary. I love hearing both the good and the bad. What aspects of the book have been positively influential for you (I shouldn’t make major changes in those areas) and what parts of the book were just confusing and/or misguided in your view? I’m all ears either way.
- Whether you have read the book or not I am considering making a companion study guide for small groups. A number of people have made this suggestion. I’m not really into study guides for small groups so I don’t have a lot of experience with those. If you have gone through a book with a small group that had a study guide that you thought was really well done could you drop some titles? I’d love some direction on what makes a good study guide.
Thanks, that’s it for now. Either drop comments below or send me a message privately; I’m good either way.
Keep up the good arguing!
If you’ve poked around at the other site I blog at (http://blog.whyjesus.ca) then you’ll know that I’ve had a lot on my plate in the past couple of weeks. My wife had a cardiac arrest on April 16. It’s been a long haul, and it’s not done yet, but all indications are that she will recover quite well.
One part of her journey on the road to recovery is brain rehab. A cardiac arrest means blood is not flowing to the brain on its own. With lack of oxygen the brain starts to lose some neural connections and some brain function is lost. I’m not a doctor, but that’s my lay-level understanding. So she has begun brain rehab.
Her first Occupational Therapist (I’ll call her Alice) was an absolute delight to watch in action, and she gave me pause to reflect on how we communicate the truth to people. Continue reading