More Dangerous than Ignorance

Einsten - arrogance


When Openness is Idiocy

open mindAn open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful.  But an open mind about the ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or Practical reason is idiocy.  If a man’s mind is open on these things, let his mouth at least be shut.
   –C. S. Lewis

The Perils of Openness

5136611-human-mindIf you keep your mind sufficiently open,
people will throw a lot of rubbish into it.
-William A. Orton


The Purpose of an Open Mind

OpenYourMindMerely having an open mind is nothing;
the object of opening the mind,
as of opening the mouth, is to shut it
again on something solid.
–G. K. Chesterton


Who are the closed-minded?

ThinkstockPhotos-487924444Often the person with spiritual convictions is seen as close-minded and others are seen as open-minded. What is fascinating to me is that at the center of the Christian faith is the assumption that this life isn’t all there is. That there is more to life than the material. That existence is not limited to what we can see, touch, measure, taste, hear, and observe. One of the central assertions of the Christian worldview is that there is “more” – Those who oppose this insist that this is all there is, that only what we can measure and observe and see with our eyes is real. There is nothing else. Which perspective is more “closed-minded?” Which perspective is more “open?”

― Rob Bell,
Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith