‘Should We Question Authority?’

You might find very interesting this “Out of the Question” podcast by Andrea Schwartz and Charles Roberts.


“Should We Question Authority?” It’s not as easy a question as it looks. No man can serve two masters; but each of us is mobbed by many masters, each demanding our obedience. Each one of them claims “authority.” Politics, ideology, science, “reason,” the need to go along to get along–we could spend all day listing them.

So first we have to decide which “authority” has real authority, and not just an opinion. If we are Christians, God’s enscriptured word is the authority, inerrant, infallible, holy, righteous, and good. As for the others, “You have to ask, Are these ordained authorities?” Andrea says. Are they conformable to God’s word?

Because if you don’t have that standard, Charles says, confusion reigns: “Tune into the latest news broadcast to find out what I believe today.”

I think we’ve all noticed that going on!

Sorry! Forgot the Link

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You couldn’t hear my podcast? Well, that’s because I forgot to type in the link! I was in a hurry to get to the grocery store, and so this vital ingredient of the post was left out. I have just put it in; now you should be able to hear the podcast.

What a swell time I had at the store. Coming out, the wind snatched my list and blew it away. As I tried to catch it, the cart full of groceries went zooming off toward Route 1. As I turned to chase it, my leg gave out under me and I had a fall. I didn’t get hurt, but passersby thought it looked pretty awful. Thank you, years and years of judo training.

Look at this–almost one o’clock already. I have to get to work on my book and hope I can catch up blogging later.

Enjoy the podcast. Heh-heh.

I’m On the Air Today

This afternoon I’m going to join Andrea Schwartz for one of her “Out of the Question” podcasts, brought to you by Chalcedon. Our topic will be “The Dumbest Generation”–and what’s making it so dumb. You’ll find reviews of the book here, in the archives, and on the Chalcedon website, http://www.chalcedon.edu/ .

I’m a political scientist; so when I say you can’t have idiots as the foundation for a constitutional republic, I know what I’m talking about. But idiots, big exploding bunches of them, is what our public education system’s turning out.

Surprise! Smartphones aren’t making anybody smarter.

For the rest of the morning, I’ve got a chapter of my book to write, and some more blog posts to see about.