on vain knowing (or on blogging)

Chad’s post reminds us to be wary in our technologically damaging world. By binding us to abstact arguments, factoids, and ultimately to passive propositions, perhaps we are losing sight of real relationships, stories, and ultimately of God. (Sorry Chad, this probably goes further than your post hoped to, but it’s definitely something I’ve found in my own life):

“What is important? Well, for one, vain intellectual pursuits aren’t, like interminable arguments with my parish liturgist which never change either one of us. Neither is blogging. Oddly, I can see a pattern: as I get more wrapped up in the latest news, the latest argument, my latest essay, other things suffer: first and foremost, I don’t pray as much, and I sin more.”

To which this quotation from one of CH Spurgeon’s sermons fits nicely:

“That insatiable craving to know everything just draws away the life of men from what ought to be – their insatiabe craving, namely, to be like God, to know him, to trust him, to love him, and to serve him.”

CH Spurgeon (~2:50)

Also recommended on this topic (and its related tributaries) are these tNP articles on practicing the discipline of place (mentioned in a previous post), agrarianism, and localism as possible solutions to dehumanizing alienation.


One thought on “on vain knowing (or on blogging)

  1. Nick, it’s not going further than I hoped to go with that post. I think Spurgeon is right on the money. It’s certainly a temptation for me to know “everything”–there are few subjects that don’t draw my interest for at least a little while. But, what/who I really ought to know better is God.

    Something that hit home for me this morning at church is that one very helpful way to know God is through the sacraments. It’s hard to explain, though, exactly how that is.

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