There’s a nearly 1000-year-old rule called Ockham’s Razor. It (or “he”—that is, Mr. Ockham) says that the simplest explanation is the most plausible one. It was sort of a medieval plea for common sense.
Later on, Einstein would say, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
I went to seminary. I did. I enjoyed it, and I learned a lot of big words. But, I can’t use them in a conversation… unless you’ve also been to a seminary.
One of the things I enjoyed about seminary was that the professors would always speak to the rooms full of pastor-students and say something like, “How many of you have heard X in a sermon before? Most of you? You’ve probably even taught it, haven’t you? Well, it’s a boldfaced lie, and you need to stop it.”
The pastor-students would generally make agreeing noises and take lots of notes.
But then, they’d graduate and act like they’d never been shown a better, simpler way of doing anything.
I went to seminary. I did. I paid about $10,000 out of my own pockets to do it. You know what I learned? Three things:
- 1. God is love.
- 2. The simplest answer really is usually the rightest.
- 3. No one cares about the first two when they’re making theology.