Cluelessby Deana Chadwell10/31/15
Evidently human beings are programmed to look for causes. Something goes bump in the night and we grab a flashlight, and maybe a gun, and go searching for the cause. Average temperatures go up for a few years and folks start running around in circles pointing fingers – It’s the cars! It’s the electric bill! It’s toilet paper!. Here we are hip deep in impending doom and, right on cue, I’m looking under every rock for the reason. Deep in my gut I believe there’s just one explanation.

Yes, the problems we face are diverse: skyrocketing debt, illegal immigration, stagnant economy, dysfunctional government, a broken health system, horrible schools, a horrifying foreign policy, rampant deadly sexual immorality, to say nothing of fantasy football. We all know the problems and I contend that we needn’t peel back the onion very far to arrive at a common cause: ignorance.

Would we have $19,000,000,000,000 national debt if most people had any idea how much money that is? Or any idea that economic law is as sure as the laws of gravity and thermodynamics? Most folks appear to think that the economy ends at their own pockets. Fill that cavity and all’s well. Remember the young women in Detroit early on in Obama’s presidency? They were standing in line to get some cash give-away with Obama’s name on it. A reporter asked them where this money was coming from and one giggled and said, “We don know – Obama’s stash?” Giggle, giggle.  For decades now the only econ taught in public schools and most colleges is Keynesian nonsense – way too many of us really believe we can pull money out of thin air and do it indefinitely. Anyone with any knowledge knows that’s mathematically impossible.[pullquote]A lot of the cluelessness regarding the Middle East, and a lot of the ignorance regarding the sexual immorality in our culture, is a result of a stunning lack of knowledge about the Bible, even amongst Christians and Jews.[/pullquote]

Illegal immigration is also an ignorance problem. Way too many of us are so parochial, so provincial, that we assume all societies function and think just like we do. But any objective observation will prove that wrong. Some societies treat their women like livestock and their children even worse. Some folks find sloth the norm, crime a reasonable answer to their money problems, and violence proof of spirituality. They train their small children to hate and murder, and marry their daughters off while they’re still in grade school. Nothing we observe about these invading cultures demonstrates that they want to live like we do. But the silly meme continues – they just want a better life for their children; we owe it to them… Really? What do you know about what drives these folks over our borders? What do you know about how their presence here will affect our economy? Our health and safety? Our schools? Our elections? Right. Nothing.

Speaking of our economy – how many of the voting public has ever read Friedman or Sowell or Hayek or Smith? Those with college educations know how to say those names with a sneer, but they know nothing of their economic observations. Note I didn’t say “theories” – what these guys have to say about how money works has been proven over and over, whereas Keynes is proven wrong everywhere you look.

Therefore our government, which is dedicated to Keynes’ worship of debt and taxes, never produces the results it claims to want. The only thing our senators and representatives appear to be good at is spending money that belongs to someone else, and their lust for that spending power trumps (no pun intended) their duty to their constituents and to the Constitution – of which many are completely ignorant. They didn’t even flinch the first time Obama snatched away some of their legislative power and by now they don’t even notice.

Obamacare, which never did have popular support, received what little backup it did because people don’t understand how insurance works, don’t have any idea what it takes to become and remain a doctor, and are clueless about the effect supply-and-demand has on the practice of medicine. Even the richest government can’t pay for medical care it has destroyed.

Not only do people not get how health care works, they have no idea how education works. Why does anyone think you can measure the success of education with test scores? Education has never been about the amassing of dry facts, about stuffing heads; real learning has to do with opening the mind to the possibilities, about encouraging life-long curiosity. Education is about truth and there’s very little of that in our schools. In fact, the higher up the school ladder you go, the less truth is available. It is no wonder that we have become a nation of ignoramuses – too many of us are without a real, solid, classic education that allows us to question intelligently the nonsense the media feeds us.

And then there’s the rest of the world. Horrors that haven’t been seen since the medieval torture chambers thrive and our government appears to support that activity. How is that happening? Mark Twain once said, “God made war to teach Americans geography.” There’s a certain truth to that; America’s location has allowed us a certain comfortable isolationism, which worked fine in Twain’s day, but no longer. Now we either know or we die.

When I hear people supporting Palestinian aggression I’m just astonished at the ignorance of Middle Eastern history. Did you know that even back in 70A.D. when Rome sacked Jerusalem they did it with mercenary Arab soldiers – they knew the Arabs would be passionate about killing Jews, and they were. Anti-Semitism dates back to Abraham and Ishmael, to Jacob and Esau, and anything we try to do other than support Israel (always the safe side to be on – see Genesis 12) will only make things worse.

A lot of the cluelessness regarding the Middle East, and a lot of the ignorance regarding the sexual immorality in our culture, is a result of a stunning lack of knowledge about the Bible, even amongst Christians and Jews. This document contains much of what we need to know about how decent citizens should behave individually, and about how national entities should wisely comport themselves. Over and over again we see nations try to make up their own rules and fall flat on their faces. Economies fail, marriages and families break apart, health collapses, babies die before they are even born, and all because people have chosen to be ignorant of 1) the proof, both historical and scientific, that the Bible is accurate and God does exist and 2) that He has reasons for the rules He has set for us. We are making life and death decisions witlessly.

Our education system has not only withheld biblical information from our children, it has openly attacked the authenticity of the information contained therein. It has so aggressively taught Darwinian evolution, promoted such organizations as Planned Parenthood, twisted the history of our nation, and reduced education to the parroting of pat phrases of propaganda. It has assisted in subverting our language, of erasing moral distinctions, and has trained our children to think like victims.

This problem is not even hard to fix if we just turn the open market loose on the solution. Children want to learn. Parents want them to learn. They just need schools that can teach and the free market, if allowed, will provide them — if enough knowledgeable teachers can be found. Aye, there’s the rub.

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About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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37 Responses to Clueless

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Your article touches on a whole bunch of areas, Deana. So that gives me a place to talk about something I encountered recently.

    It’s my contention that authentic Christianity is the only force that can save this country from the abyss. And I won’t go into the nitty gritty details and contradictions regarding my own beliefs. But of the former I am sure.

    And Christians have become a namby-pamby lot. There’s a local case where a football coach is in trouble for praying with his players. I was talking about this case the other day with a very religious fellow (a very old and dear friend) who said something like, “Well, they shouldn’t be so showy about it. They should be more humble.”

    It was all I could do not to jump out of my skin. But I tried to explain what was going on. I told him that this was a battle between atheists and Christians and that the Christians better realize fast that they are in a battle and join it. I told him it’s highly counterproductive to make subtle excuses (not humble enough) for doing nothing. That is a dangerous slippery slope.

    And I told him one needed to keep in mind the overall context. No, there is nothing wrong with humility in Christians. But there is also nothing wrong with public displays of their religiosity. And I told him he needed to realize what the end game for the atheists and Leftists is: religion tolerated only in the privacy of one’s home. But outside of home (or church) it would be forbidden.

    I tried to impart to this hardcore Christian (a JW) just what the overall context was and the game we were in, whether we acknowledged it or not. I used the example of kids getting in trouble for wearing an American flag on their t-shirt during the foreign holiday of cinco de mayo. If they can outlaw American flags, they can outlaw religion in a heartbeat.

    I don’t know if I made my point. But I continue to be surprised at how emasculated so many Christians have become. If there is some confusion regarding my own label it is because, in part, the Brand currently going by the name of “Christian” is often anything but.

    • Brad — Love the term “authentic Christianity.” That’s going to be another article. I have a lot to say about that. Your phrase is perfect. Hmmmm…… (gears turning, thinking noises filling room 🙂

    • SkepticalCynic SkepticalCynic says:

      Those of us brought up in the forties & fifties have been taught that we must obey the rules and laws. It is so ingrained in us that if ZERO signed a law this morning that from now on we had to back our cars and trucks to where we were going, you would see vehicles backing on the road in front of your house right now.

      We have accepted our government for so long that to rebel against anything it does is absurd. There are too many times in the past that we as Americans ought to have raised hell about the things that we have allowed government to do. It is the law!!!!! Yeah! And pray tell who gave government the monopoly on being right? I am a nobody. I have no power except where I spend that little bit of money after all the taxes and life’s necessities are paid. BUT, I have decided to starte to passively resist all the crap that my governments are shoving at me. You know it and I know it. If we stand up and shout out that people should not follow the laws and incite riots for righteous causes our lives would soon be forfeit.

      One of the things that has irked me as a believing Christian is the law or laws that will not allow pastors to speak out about the candidates that are running for public office. I don’t want to say this because it brings race issues into my rave……but Black ministers have been saying anything they please about the candidates for decades and our government is hands off on them. Every minister of the Gospel should have stood up on the Sunday after that law was passed and promised to go to jail over it. We need a strong spiritual leader someone with a pair as big as coconuts that will lead us against the likes that have been elected to ruin this last best hope for humanity.

      I have a good deal more to say but my keyboard and ears are smoking so I am getting off of my soap box.

      God, please forgive us and come back to America……and soon.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        We need a strong spiritual leader someone with a pair as big as coconuts that will lead us against the likes that have been elected to ruin this last best hope for humanity.

        In other words, we need wisdom and strength rather than this vapid tacking with the culture as so many are doing. Much of this, in my opinion, is due to the emasculation of men. No offense meant to the ladies, but many have been taught that to be a strong leader drawing lines in the sand (instead of going for emotional bullet points such as “unity,” “inclusion,” etc.) is to be threatening, divisive, perhaps even taking part on a “war on women.” I think it’s up to the ladies to demand once again that men take a decisive leadership role in the church according to masculine principles: decisiveness, clarity, strength, guts…and stop with all this namby-pamby crap. One of the nicest things you can do for another person is to lead them to the Good. But namby-pamby is just cotton-candy ethics leading people to a vapid and weak kind of “nice.”

        • I have been so thoroughly blessed in that I have had the opportunity to be taught the Bible by two remarkable scholars — one of which (Col. R.B. Thieme) had a George Patton approach to the whole business. He took no prisoners and if you didn’t like what he had to say you could go elsewhere. To me manliness and scripture go hand-in-hand just as much as do academics and spiritual growth.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    People do have at least some awareness that other cultures are different, though most probably don’t realize how different some are. But political correctness, with its emphasis on not being “judgmental” (which they don’t really live up, at least with those they dislike, such as conservatives), combines with multi-culturalism, with its emphasis on the equal merit of all cultures (which, again, they don’t really live up to, at least with Western civilization and their own culture), to form a toxic mix. We saw the painful consequences with the Muslim rape gangs in Yorkshire (I don’t recall the city name at the moment).

    Incidentally, modern big-spending economics is actually worse than Keynes ever intended. He argued that one should deficit-spend in hard times (which does work, at least short-term), but also that should run a surplus in good times. (It didn’t matter, theoretically, whether this came from raising taxes or cutting spending.) He also had at least some awareness of the importance of not overburdening business, pointing out that the New Deal reforms were good ideas — but not during a depression, when more growth was needed. Liberals have never learned these Keynesian lessons, nor do they ever intend to.

    Addendum: The city was Rotherham (I looked up cities in Yorkshire in wikipedia).

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Education has never been about the amassing of dry facts, about stuffing heads; real learning has to do with opening the mind to the possibilities, about encouraging life-long curiosity. Education is about truth and there’s very little of that in our schools.

    Here’s where I’m going to have a friendly disagreement with you, Deana. Granted, creativity is certainly one aspect. You teach people to read and write and from time to time you may set the little skulls-full-of-mush to a writing task. That’s all good.

    But rote, rote, rote. It bothers me a little that you use the same caricatures of the Left (“dry facts,” “stuffing heads”) that they use to substitute “social” programming for academic rigor.

    To the best of my knowledge, education is not supposed to be the entertainment equivalent of Disneyland. Rote. Rote. Rote. Fill the little skulls-full-of-mush with the things they need to know about:

    • History
    • Geography
    • English (spelling, reading, writing, creative writing)
    • Mathematics
    • Logic (in higher grades)
    • Economics (real, not Keynesian)
    • American History
    • Literature (in medium to higher grades) — classical literature, that is, not “Heather has Two Mommies”
    • Philosophy and the arts (in higher grades)
    • Chemistry/Biology/Physics

    No “earth sciences.” But geology is fine. Computer science is fine for higher grades but I think computers in the classroom are a giant time-waster. Unless they are set to learning specific and marketable computers skills — such as programming or maybe web design — then they’re just “for show,” a sign of how supposedly modern and hip a school is.

    No sociology unless someone wants to pay for this baloney in college. Same with psychology. Most of the soft sciences are just social programming via hidden means. It’s all voodoo.

    Creativity is great. But as a focal point of education, I think it’s missing the mark by a long shot. One can be creative only after having had the rote learning pounded into one’s head. From what I understand, there has been a big push for years now for “creativity” — the idea that teachers don’t actually have to teach. That would be “pedagogy” and would “stifle” their fragile creative beings. No, teachers are to “facilitate” the natural “creativity” and “curiosity” of students.

    And this is all gibberish, of course. Kids may be creative, but put a violin in their hands and they won’t know how to be creative with it until months and months of hard rote learning. The same with nearly any worthwhile aspect of being human above what comes naturally.

    And left to their own devices, kids wouldn’t go to school at all. Their “curiosity” would tend to go to video games and their smart phones. So there has been this “soft” tendency to turn school into yet another entertainment center in hopes to compete with all the other distractions when what these young skulls-full-of-mush really need is discipline, rote learning, a safe environment in which to learn, high expectations, and teachers willing to do the hard work instead of chasing the latest educational fad.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Actually, computers in classrooms are worse than showy toys, they’re a means of allowing students not to learn facts. Who needs to know any history when they can look it up on wikipedia? It’s like the Navy no longer teaching navigation using sextants — after all, who needs it when GPS is available? Of course, if (when) some foreign power knocks out GPS availability by one means or another (such as EMP) . . .

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        There’s something to be said for being able to do long division in case your batteries run out.

        And you may have described a very powerful change in mindset. God knows I see what auto-correct has done to my spelling. I’ve become lazy. It’s getting the point that I forget how to spell (or at least hesitate at) fairly common words.

        The argument for such conveniences would likely be something like, “They free you from mindless rote data to do more creative tasks fit for humans.” Indeed, I don’t disagree with that for probably 95% of the stuff that we have automated.

        And yet is this really freeing us to make more use of our supposed “higher” human abilities or are they just making us coach potatoes, Eloi, sheep, passive entertainment devices a la those guys going around in motorized chairs in the otherwise annoying film, “Wall-E?”

        What is probably gained from doing long-hand division and actually learning history rather than looking it up on-demand is discipline. A disciplined mind can go a long way. And, of course, if we have had drummed into our skulls-full-of-mush a truly wide-ranging classical Western education, we find ourselves with an anchor or perspective with which to take on our daily tasks and problems in a productive (not wishful thinking) way.

        I don’t think you get that from simply looking things up just when you need them. Yes, this is a great convenience but even then, much of what passes for data or fact on the internet is dubious, at best. But it’s a method suitable for today’s yutes and our Progressive yute-oriented culture which states that we mustn’t hamper the little skulls-full-of-mush by imposing outdated modes of education (aka “learning stuff that matters”) and instead should do a process of “facilitating” their own natural desires and skills, for as Rousseau unerringly taught this blind progeny, man is, by nature, good and he will — unless encumbered by “reactionary” forces — do what is good for himself and others.

        Hope that long last sentence worked. Didn’t use the grammar checker on it.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Well, I had no trouble figuring it out, anyway. Of course, the only grammar-checker I have is my memory — and with a few teachers (including English teachers) in my family background (back when teachers really taught), that generally works well.

        • faba calculo says:

          “And you may have described a very powerful change in mindset. God knows I see what auto-correct has done to my spelling.”

          That’s nothing. Ask yourself, how many of your friend’s phone numbers would you know if you lost your phone? I barely even know my mom’s anymore.

    • I wish you’d could have been at the college the other night when I presented a lecture on the necessity of a liberal arts education — your curriculum suggestions match mine. Absolutely. Pacific Bible College is instituting a third degree strand next year — a liberal arts (from a biblical perspective)degree and I’ll be running that department. Very exciting. (I’ve thoroughly flunked retirement. I’m hopeless.)

      • Timothy Lane says:

        It’s a pretty good curriculum, similar to what we used to get in high school (though I had little such training in music or art, and none in economics or philosophy — and only a brief introduction to logic in the form of boolean algebra in geometry class, which is also where I was introduced to computer programming).

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        That sounds great. Congratulation on flunking retirement. Can’t wait to read more about it.

  4. This article is spot on!!! I don’t know if I have ever read an article that lays it out quite like this one. Speaking of clueless, one of my cousins posted something on facebook that said something to the effect that Demark has it all together. Free education, healthcare and something else free that I can’t recall. She commented under the posting, American should do the same. I usually ignore some of the foolishness that I see posted on facebook (the majority of my friends on facebook are family members, friends from high school and military). These individuals do not have a clue to how anything works (except a few that are conservatives). Anyway, I could not let what my cousin posted pass by without commenting on it. I asked her who was paying for all of this free stuff. She responded that she did not know (she is at least 56 years old). I told her that taxpayers are paying for the so-called free stuff and that there is no such thing as something being free. She responded with “well all I know is Denmark seems to have it together”. Now, she has never been to Denmark. How does she know that they have it all together? All she saw or read was that everything was free. She has no clue about economics (I don’t know if she even has a job).

  5. “A lot of the cluelessness regarding the Middle East, and a lot of the ignorance regarding the sexual immorality in our culture, is a result of a stunning lack of knowledge about the Bible, even amongst Christians and Jews.”

    Deana, why do you suppose that Christians and Jews have a stunning lack of knowledge about the Bible? I contend that church leaders (pastors and clergy) have stopped teaching from the Bible and started teaching from the New York Times or some other man made publication. As a result, their congregants do not read the Bible themselves. If the pastor does not teach directly out of the Bible, the members probably do not respect it as the word of God. For this reason, I will not step foot in a so-called church that does not preach and teach the unadulterated word of God. I contend that the church is at fault for the condition that the world is in.

    • Absolutely, Pat. It’s kind of chicken and egg thing — do the pastors not teach the Bible because their congregations don’t want that, or do the congregants not want it because they’ve never had the opportunity to learn? I don’t know, but I do know that the situation is critical and may be irreversible.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Patricia said:

      Deana, why do you suppose that Christians and Jews have a stunning lack of knowledge about the Bible? I contend that church leaders (pastors and clergy) have stopped teaching from the Bible and started teaching from the New York Times or some other man made publication.

      Dennis Prager often talks about liberals freely admitting that The New York Times is their bible. My back-of-the-envelope calculation is that what many pastors are teaching is current cultural values rather than biblical ones. They are teaching people right and wrong relative to today with the purpose being living in today, not eternity. [Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord…’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you;]

      So basically if you ask me I’d say there are a whole lot of Christians who aren’t Christians. And I don’t mean that in terms of saying that this or that denomination is not orthodox and thus not Christian (Mormons, for example). I mean, as Dennis Prager notes analogously about Jews, that many have made Leftism their de facto religion.

      Deana said:

      Absolutely, Pat. It’s kind of chicken and egg thing — do the pastors not teach the Bible because their congregations don’t want that, or do the congregants not want it because they’ve never had the opportunity to learn?

      That pretty much proves to my own mind that my theory is correct. It’s the religious equivalent of “teaching to the test.” These pastors are not being leaders. They’re simply surfing in the culture…teaching to the culture.

      I was listening to a black pastor a couple weeks ago talk about homosexual ministers. He said, in answer to a congregant’s question, if homosexuals might have something to offer, that God could work through them to. The pastor said, in essence, “Sure…but I would not sit in a congregation and be taught by one. We need our pastors to follow the word of God. They must make themselves humble and sanctified for they have an enormous responsibility.”

      That’s a hugely rough paraphrase. But the point is, here was a man (a very good man) defending eternal truths rather than just tacking with the culture. Is it really Christianity if it’s just the current culture with a few crosses and stained glass slapped on top?

      • Timothy Lane says:

        I would make one point about homosexual pastors: there’s nothing wrong with a pastor who is a celibate homosexual. The sin is not the inclination, which by adulthood generally is fixed; the sin is acting on the inclination. (Since pastors, like all other humans, are imperfect, there’s also the question of which sins are serious enough to justify not allowing a sinful pastor.)

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          I think the active ingredient would be that if you are basking in, and a conduit of, the Light, you wouldn’t be engaging in obviously dodgy behavior.

      • No, Brad, it’s not. Christ warned that the world would hate us. It does. And no amount of sucking up is going to fix that. Christ is antithetical to the arrogance that is an inherent part of human nature. In the end each person ends up either pro or con.

        And I’m not sure I’d say that Christ was a good man. He either was who He said He was — i.e. God incarnate — or he was a liar, or he was stark raving mad. He wasn’t even a very charming and was often curt and abrupt with people. No gushing sweetness at all. Have you read G.K. Chesterton’s “The Everlasting Man?” As with everything Chesterton, it’s a marvelous read.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          I just sent myself the Kindle sample of “The Everlasting Man.” Thanks for the recommendation.

          One of the truths of the world is that truth-tellers are generally scorned. Man loves to live in a cloud of his own delusions, conceits, and often just flat-out deceptions. And I distinguish the truth-teller from the agent provocateur whose “truth” is merely a vehicle for his aggressive or anarchistic impulses. The professional troll, if you will.

          It’s interesting to think of Christ as actually being God incarnate (as many of you, of course, do) because it leads one to ask, “If there is a God, and God made a personal connection to his creation on Earth, what would his approach be and what would our reaction be?”

          That we might kill God (such as one can ever kill a god) is not hard to believe at all. In fact, it’s hard to imagine this not happening. People flock to liars such as Obama (or Pope Francis, for that matter) and generally scorn the good. It’s just the way things are.

          And as sweet and loving as Saint Francis was, modern audiences would be shocked at his harshness. He was by no means Deepak Chopra or the Dalai Lama. Francis had a belief that was committed even while he was “soft” in a way that most definitely was not namby pamby. One can be stalwart and good without having a spine of vermicelli. I think this type is difficult to explain to a modern audience where “non-judgmental” (read: namby-pamby) is the calling card of “good.” We all put on a sort of excrement-eating grin and say “It’s all good” and suppose this is the path to good.

          Well, it’s not. One must discriminate, judge, and do all those things the Left (and pseudo-Christians) have declared are bad. This has led them blinded to the reality of Islam, for instance, or abortion, for that matter. They are oh so “nice” but not good.

          Christ certainly implied “Now go and sin no more or else.” You can’t keep people comfortable in their sin and think you’re doing any good or leading them to the good. However, for pseudo-Christians, this is standard operating procedure.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            One must discriminate, judge, and do all those things the Left (and pseudo-Christians) have declared are bad.

            We used to call it having standards.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Mark Rogers, in his 3-volume allegory of Jesus, Blood of the Lamb, had an interesting version of that scene. When the Jesus-figure tells the woman to go and sin no more, she offers herself to him sexually. His response is to repeat his admonition with the “sin no more” emphasized.

    • Rosalys says:

      Sometimes, even in a church that preaches from the Bible, ignorance can reign. Even if you attend every Sunday, you are getting only fifty-two, Bible based teachings a year. And most pastors/teachers/preachers have their favorite chapters and verses, and tend to revisit them again and again. I personally have never heard a sermon on Obadiah or Habakuk. However, this is not to put the blame on our spiritual leaders (that is the Godly ones – there is much blame to be placed at the feet the un-Godly variety – those wolves in sheep’s clothing, who are there to devour the sheep, and not really believing any of the stuff that one would suppose an ordained minister to believe, are frauds and not Christians at all!) After all, how much wisdom can one man impart in fifty-two hours a year? (Probably closer to forty hours when you consider time spent singing hymns, reading the announcements, and prayer.)

      So I agree with you that the Church is at fault; the Church being not the building, the “leaders,” the statements of faith, but the collective body of individual believers. Nothing takes the place of systematic, daily reading/studying of the Bible – the whole Bible! When I one day decided to read through the Bible in a year, I was amazed at not only what the Bible said, but what it didn’t say! The second time through the Holy Spirit revealed more new (to me!) truths; the third even more.

      What is really hurting the Church is toleration of the ravening wolves in sheep’s clothing and their false doctrine. These frauds must be called out and exposed at every turn and not be given quarter. The days of giving the benefit of the doubt to these Satanic vipers is over!

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Elizabeth’s church (St. Matthews Baptist) has Sunday School classes for adults as well as children, which leads to a lot more Bible study than most people get. Of course, there’s no guarantee as to quality of materials; she was unhappy with some recent teaching on Genesis.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        When I was a kid, we went to Sunday School which was followed by the sermon. We returned for a sermon on Sunday night and again on Wednesday night. I found it a bit much.

      • I have the blessing of a church with a pastor who teaches — i.e. lectures and we take notes– 6 hours a week and has done so for over 40 years. And yet, ours is a very small church. People seem to value loud guitars and a plethora of programs more. We pay a huge cultural price for that willful ignorance. Alas.

  6. Actually, Brad, we don’t disagree and I’m not talking about creativity per se. I am reacting to the educational ploy du jour — teaching to the test, which asks nothing of the student in the way of the upper levels of thinking. Yes, we must teach them facts, and often by repetitive rote, but when we reduce that to the formulaic parameters of a multiple-guess exam, we’re just stuffing heads and while we’re at it, stunting curiosity.

    We now know (“know” in the empirical sense of the word) a lot about what stimulates brain activity and plasticity and we should be using that information in the classroom — not to make it “fun” but to make it more effective and long lasting. And we all understand that learning is not just a school-years proposition, but one that must go on into our dotage (thus perhaps avoiding the dotage). I don’t think we disagree; I think I didn’t take the time to make myself clear.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      …teaching to the test, which asks nothing of the student in the way of the upper levels of thinking.

      Yes, I see what you mean. The pertinent distinction would be testing in order to check that the young skulls-full-of-mush have absorbed the smart, relevant, concise, and rigorous curriculum that sober-minded adults have prepared for the kiddies — rather than the multiple-guess exam that you’re talking about. This latter kind of “academic success” is really about teachers and schools covering their assess and trying to present good numbers rather than produce good students. Maybe there is no cure for man’s fallen nature, but I certainly think we can give him a good education. We know how to do it. But there is just so much forgetting going on these days.

      • Rosalys says:

        “Maybe there is no cure for man’s fallen nature…”

        Ah, yes there is. Christ died on a cross and was raised again to deal with this very problem!

  7. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Deana’s had a nice response on her article at American Thinker with 238 comments and counting. There are many thoughtful responses but we can’t yet match the quantity. But hopefully we make up for it here in quality.

    And I was thinking about this “Clueless” article, in general, when reading last night the Kindle sample of a biography, John Wayne: The Life and Legend. I doubt I’ll purchase this book. It feels a bit creepy getting behind the scenes. I have respect for this man and don’t feel like peeking under the skirt, if you will. I think I prefer to allow him his persona, the one most people love. The one I know.

    But I digress. In this book, the author quotes literary theorist Roland Barthes who wrote: “Mass culture is a machine for showing desire.” The author writes that “successive generations desired John Wayne in a way shared by no other star of his generation.”

    Or probably any generation. Or yours. Jimmy Stewart comes to mind as co-worthy in this regard. But I loved Barthes’ point about mass culture being a machine for showing desire. And if there is one thing that binds us here at StubbornThings it is that we do not generally desire what that mass of culture desires (which seems caught in a feedback loop of dumb-and-dumber). We are, ironically, becoming the true counter-culture.

    It could be, as Deana has written, that the little Progressive skulls-full-of-much are all clueless. And I think regarding many important realities (economics, for instance) they are indeed clueless. But they are not clueless in the sense of being uninformed. They most decidedly are informed. And this is where Reagan’s famous line is pertinent: “The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

    It’s not so much that they are clueless about economics. It’s that they’ve learned a wrong sort of economics…ironically, a “voodoo” economics — words that George H.W. Bush used to deride Reagan’s non-Keynesian view.

    The Progressives are very well informed…with all the wrong information.

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