Thursday, January 07, 2010


Ignorance Is Bliss

... or so says Mark Buckle, pastor of Fernhill Church in City Rise, New Zealand:

We are discovering new things every day.

Technology is advancing and everything useful is getting smaller and cheaper. We seem to be light years ahead of our not-so-distant ancestors who harboured all sorts of irrational fears and superstitions.

That's great . . . or it would be if we were any less afraid than our forebears!

It seems to me that our fears are amplified by our heightened knowledge.

For all the supposed answers, there are just as many fresh questions.

The apparent gains in knowing all this "stuff" don't seem to have brought us any closer to the solutions to life's fundamental needs.

No? Ask the billion or so people who have been saved from starvation by the "Green Revolution" that science engendered. Ask the young children of a mother who didn't die from the cancer that was a death sentence a generation or two ago. Ask the soldier who survived a battle because of body armor, smart bombs, GPS location, radar, and a thousand other applications of science ... heck, ask the soldier who didn't have to go on a dangerous mission because a drone went for him or fired a missle.

Although Pastor Mark admits he's "no scientist and must be careful not to sound like one," he then proceeds to make pronouncements such as these:

Scientific interpretation has been shown to be subject to personal agenda and is of questionable value. ...

Those so desperate to find an alternative to truth that has its origins in God ... have overlooked the fact that the evolutionary argument relies solely on "the theory" of millions and millions of years of accumulated "incidents" that caused slime to evolve into complex human beings.

Why is it that even children know that when a story begins with "Once upon a time a long, long time ago in a land far away", it is a fairy tale, but intelligent and developed human beings accept these theories and incidents as "the origins of species" and continue to speculate?
Why is it that some people can be aware that they don't know what they are talking about but still be willing to make sweeping generalizations born out of nothing but ignorance?

I still think Darwin said it best:

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science."
The old guy was really very smart.
"I'm no scientist, and I know that if I open my trap I'll prove beyond all reasonable doubt that I'm an ignorant git, but I don't wanna stay silent and be thought a fool!"


The dear pastor shouldn't be bashing fairy tales, either. After all, he thumps one every Sunday.
Why is it that even children know that when a story begins with "Once upon a time a long, long time ago in a land far away", it is a fairy tale...
"Once upon a time a long, long time ago in a land far away called Eden..."

It is remarkable how some people fail to see the irony of what they say. Their ignorance is bad enough, but that is excusable--perhaps they went to school in a Third World country, like Texas. Being so totally clueless, on the other hand, indicates a willful disregard for rational thought.
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