Dr. Stokes on the 3 beautiful words: "I don't know." - New Saint Andrews College

Dr. Stokes on the 3 beautiful words: “I don’t know.”

HowToBeAnAtheist3D In a the next installment in a series of guest blog posts on the Crossway website, Senior Fellow of Philosophy Mitch Stokes writes on “3 Beautiful Words: ‘I Don’t Know.’” Here’s an excerpt:

Knowing that you don’t know is half the battle, and any good education will result in a humbling awareness of how little you know. In fact, intellectual humility is one of the main benefits of learning….

I hope it’s clear … that the kind of ignorance I’m endorsing isn’t ignorance of the default kind—the kind with which we’re born. Rather, it’s a hard-earned, studied ignorance, predicated on genuine knowledge. The farther up the mountain you climb, the more unexplored terrain you can see. In fact, what I’m endorsing isn’t ignorance at all, but rather a knowledge of it; and this knowledge comes through serious toil.

And perhaps most importantly, this studied ignorance can help us love our neighbor. Intellectual humility can help us relax and be more open and honest with people, indeed more loving. Once we are comfortable admitting exactly where we don’t know, we’ll be less protective of our image, less defensive, and therefore more willing to lay down our intellectual lives.

To read the rest of Dr. Stokes’s post, click here.

Dr. Stokes’s most recent book, How to Be an (A)theist:Why Many Skeptics Aren’t Skeptical Enough, was published this month by Crossway.


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