13 September 2021

The more you know about something, the more you are certain that you don’t know everything. The limits of your knowledge are very clear to you. Experts are more confident, and if they are true experts, less confident at the same time, for they have seen how things should work and they have also seen things go very wrong. (True experts have skin in the game. They deal with real results).

Genuine science must of its nature be coolly dispassionate, appeal to our reason, and eschew partisanship.  When you try to browbeat people into accepting some scientific claim, insult them for raising questions about it, loudly make a political statement out of adherence to it, etc., then you are inevitably only going to increase people’s doubts about its scientific status.  For if it really had the evidence and the best arguments on its side, what need would there be for the pressure tactics? 

Edward Feser

What has happened in NZ is that science has become a form of public relations, and all questioning of hypothesis is banned. This does not allow one to make mistakes, and you don’t become an expert without making mistakes. Skepticism about results includes your results.

The use of social media makes this worse. You can’t distill a year’s effort (or more) into the 180 characters which make up a tweet.

It is worse on the issue of salvation and the word of God. Social media leads to virtue signalling, not a love of the Law. When we come to the Law, those who love the law the most are those who are convinced that they cannot be saved because of the law. They seek salvation from the mercy of God, for they are painfully aware that they have fallen.

It is fools and the ignorant who cheerfully go where experts fear, for they cannot comprehend the warning signs, through ignorance, because their ideology blinds them, or because they have not had enough experience to know that things can and do go wrong.

Experts and the wise don’t have that luxury.

169 Let my cry come before you, O Lord;
    give me understanding according to your word!
170 Let my plea come before you;
    deliver me according to your word.
171 My lips will pour forth praise,
    for you teach me your statutes.
172 My tongue will sing of your word,
    for all your commandments are right.
173 Let your hand be ready to help me,
    for I have chosen your precepts.
174 I long for your salvation, O Lord,
    and your law is my delight.
175 Let my soul live and praise you,
    and let your rules help me.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
    for I do not forget your commandments.

Psalm 119:169-176

What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one;
11     no one understands;
    no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
    no one does good,
    not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave;
    they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14     “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16     in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18     “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

Romans 3:9-20

Since this world has been trained to be inattentive and distracted, we need to be the opposite.

Since the world has become unforgiving in its tolerance, we must be forgiving to those who break the law. We are no different from them. Our broken state is universal.

Since the world sees no sin but that of your race and blood and heritage, we need to say that Christ died for all, and that he wishes none not to turn to him.

Since the world preaches self justification and pride, we need to talk gentleness and humility.

Since the world is aligned completely with evil, we need to do the good we can. For noncompliance with an evil elite is our duty.

And since we are told to be silenced, or preach a lie instead of Christ, let us instead point to the cross, the cost of the mercy of God.

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