contention

The prevalence of a spirit of contention amongst a people is a certain sign of deadness with respect to the things of religion. When men's spirits are hot with contention, they are cold to religion. - Jonathan Edwards

Monday, June 14, 2021

High-level education and humility

Some of my Chinese university students are wiser than our M2C scholars and their followers. These students recognize the utility and importance of intellectual flexibility.

Here's one student's explanation:

No one likes failure, but failure exists objectively. The greatest significance of failure lies in humility. People are often too proud to see the whole world. Only humility can always remind a person to leave a gap in the world in his eyes. The light in that gap can break the old prejudice and bring a glimmer of vitality to his mind.

Recognizing this "gap in the world" allows people to change their minds when they come across new information, better explanations, etc. 

It's impossible for some of these M2C academics to change their minds because of their long-term commitment to M2C. Seriously, how could Book of Mormon Central ever embrace the Church's position of neutrality when their own logo insists that M2C is the only explanation for the Book of Mormon?

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More wisdom from Ed Latimore along the same lines.

It’s easy to correct someone when they’re wrong. A mediocre teacher stops there. The real challenge is correcting the thinking that leads to incorrect conclusions, and to do so without judgement. This is what a high-level educator attempts to accomplish.
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Instead of such intellectual honesty and humility, our scholars give us this:



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