The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

The noetic effects of sin

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According to Al Mohler (as summarised here), there are at least fourteen noetic effects of sin (i.e. the effects of sin on the intellect):

  1. Ignorance
  2. Distractedness
  3. Forgetfulness
  4. Prejudice
  5. Faulty perspective
  6. Intellectual fatigue
  7. Inconsistency
  8. Failure to draw right conclusions
  9. Intellectual apathy
  10. Dogmatism and closed-mindedness
  11. Intellectual pride
  12. Vain imagination
  13. Miscommunication
  14. Partial knowledge

Check . . . check . . . check . . .

Written by Jeremy Walker

Saturday 17 March 2012 at 19:33

Posted in While wandering . . .

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  1. You only checked three – did you get distracted?

    Mark Loughridge

    Sunday 18 March 2012 at 19:29

    • Three of what? Oh, I see. Well, I had made some progress before trying to watch an endless reel of videos, and when I got tired of that I couldn’t be bothered to do any more, not least because it was beneath me to consider if any further.

      Jeremy Walker

      Monday 19 March 2012 at 09:46

  2. These are all obviously flaws but almost all of them can be categorized as either failures of discipline or of morals — that is, they are apparent and continue for lack of being managed effectively.

    There is another category that has received much attention in the past several decades and many of the flaws in this category have been very clearly detailed in Daniel Kahneman’s book “Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow.” These are the flaws of perception and logic that exist “transparently” (used in the sense of not being seen). They are flaws in thinking that exist in the same way that optical illusions are flaws in seeing.

    In this, they are far more sinister for their invisibility — they are the foundation for overconfidence, for biases in focus, in recall, in certainty, in confusing hindsight with foresight, and so on. These are demonstrable and even when demonstrated, the sufferers persist in the biases — that is how organic they are to human thought.

    Kahneman’s book should be read by all Christians, I think. It is a great encouragement to humility and brings a keener sense of dependence on God’s revelation and the Holy Spirit’s instruction as absolutely indispensable to clarity of thought in the face of the subtle challenges to one’s grasp of truth and one’s trust in God.

    Kahneman is not a Christian, but his life’s work has essentially been on the noetic effects of sin. Distractedness and all the rest of that list are the least of his worries — they are the flaws one can list and clearly recognize as enemies of clear thought. Far deadlier are the flaws that show up as one’s friends, encouraging greater confidence, not less..


    Sunday 1 April 2012 at 05:56

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