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Thursday, June 11, 2009
There are billions of religious people in the world who are sincere. I suspect that nowadays you pretty much have to be sincere if you are going to believe in any religion, otherwise why would anyone choose to endure the many and various secular prejudices aimed against any kind of faith (though Christianity in particular gets the worst shake)?

I don't want to confuse sincerity with zeal, for zeal doesn't require sincerity, nor does sincerity require zeal. By sincerity I simply mean that one is satisfied that as much as they know how, they are being honest in what they believe; that is, they believe what they do because they are satisfied that what they believe is really true.

I made the distinction between zeal and sincerity because it is sincerity that typically drives zeal in some people. If a man is truly convinced that he is correct in what he believes, it may seem reasonable to him to presume that anyone who still disagrees with him after he has fully explained himself [1] probably hasn't really understood him, or [2] isn't able to understand him because because he or she is either not spiritual (unsaved) or not spiritual enough (too immature).

It is sincerity then, that puffs a man up with pride so that he is willing to believe that anyone who disagrees with his opinion must either be unsaved, or simply lacks the intellect or spiritual maturity to understood it yet.

The humble man allows a possibility that the puffed up man does not - he allows for the possibility that he may be mistaken in what he understands.

Where sincerity mixed with humility produces a teachable spirit, sincerity mixed with pride produces an unteachable spirit.

Strangely enough, those who are unteachable because of pride, fail to see both their pride and their unteachable spirit - having convinced themselves that sincerity has saved them from both.


posted by Daniel @ 8:41 AM  
  • At 10:17 AM, June 11, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    - Jennifer

  • At 12:25 PM, June 11, 2009, Blogger Barbara said…

    Agreed. But at some point there has to be truth, and something firm upon which we must stand - else all is the unknowable mush the postmoderns would like to have us to believe.

    Where's the line?

  • At 7:48 PM, June 12, 2009, Blogger David said…

    Funny, this is the second time today I've read "sincerity" and "zeal" in the same context. The other was in Nineteen Eighty-Four, which has nothing to do with your post.

    I do wonder about the sincerity of the "billions of religious people in the world," since so many of them consider their truth to be one truth among many.

  • At 7:58 PM, June 12, 2009, Blogger Daniel said…

    David, in a cosmic coincidence, that's also the second time I heard someone mention Nineteen Eighty-Four today, which also has nothing to do with your comment.

    Well, not really, but I liked the book, and the album was okay.

  • At 8:20 PM, June 12, 2009, Blogger David said…

    Oh, wow man, this is the second time I've commented on this blog today. Karma!

    I do hope you mean the movie soundtrack rather than the Eurythmics album.

  • At 4:15 PM, June 13, 2009, Blogger Daniel said…

    The Van Halen Album, not the Eurthymics - though I do recall the sweet dreams album to my shame.

  • At 7:26 PM, June 13, 2009, Blogger David said…

    I had forgotten the Van Halen album. Hopefully, I can forget it again.

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