How to Spot a Dilettante

Watch for a citation from Strong’s Concordance.  This will show that the person knows neither Hebrew nor Greek and that they are dependent on third hand information which they themselves do not, and never will, understand.

Don’t get your biblical interpretation from dilettantes.  They’re always inept.  They never understand the meaning or context of Scripture, and they consistently bastardize it.

Someone Needs to Buy Josh a Bible

Because he doesn’t have one.  And if he does, he doesn’t read it.  And if he reads it, he hasn’t read the Sermon on the Mount.  And if he has read the Sermon on the Mount, he hasn’t paid attention to what Jesus said there about turning the other cheek.

It’s hard to imagine a guy in ministry who fails so miserably to apprehend the basics.

Yet here we are.  Yet another biblical illiterate occupying a pulpit.

The Myth of the ‘Ignorant Fishermen’

From time to time (oh alright, just about every day) someone (who doesn’t know what they’re talking about) will insist that theology doesn’t matter because the disciples were just simple fishermen and villagers who followed Jesus around and they just loved him so much that they didn’t need any theology to be faithful.

Rubbish.

What the ‘ignorant fishermen’ mythicists don’t understand, because in their deep silliness they don’t know it, is that the disciples were precisely that.  Disciples.  And what is a disciple?  A learner.  A student.

Jesus was a rabbi.  He’s described as such and as such he had studied with rabbis and been himself a rabbinic student.  And what is a rabbinic student? A theologian.

Jesus was a theologian who gathered around himself theological students (rabbis) to whom he taught – what was it – oh yes, theology.

Accordingly, Jesus didn’t have ignorant illiterate hicks following him around he had serious students who were expected to do their homework, learn their lessons, and apply those lessons.

So at the end of the day the people who think theology doesn’t matter and who love to say that they are just ‘simple followers of Jesus’ have absolutely no idea how Jesus worked.  Nor how the disciples worked.  Nor how the early church worked.  They really, to be fair to them, just have some weird notions they cooked up in their own heads to justify their own theological ignorance.  They delude themselves and in their delusions wish to deceive others.

They are dilettantes.  If they want to be dilettantes, super. They just shouldn’t pretend that their views of Jesus matter to anyone.

Lavern Spicer: This Month’s Dilly the Dilettante Award Winner, Summa Cum Laude

Ms Spicer should stick to politics.  She’s grotesquely ignorant of both the Bible and its languages.  Consequently, and because her tweet demonstrates the sort of ignorance worthy of an award, she is this month’s winner of the Dilly, Summa cum Laude!  Yes, she’s that ignorant.

Ms. Spicer, here’s your Dilly!

Anti-Intellectualism is the Mother of the Dilettante

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” – Isaac Asimov (with thanks to Francis D on FB for the tip).

If you show me an anti-intellectual I’ll show you a dilettante, because anti-intellectualism is the mother of the dilettante.

Herschel Walker- Winner of this Week’s ‘Dilly the Dilettante’ Award

@HerschelWalker isn’t just theologically ignorant, he doesn’t have any idea what the Bible actually says (since nowhere does Jesus EVER claim to be the Father, Son and Spirit. NO WHERE). Like all theological dilettantes, Herschel should stay in his lane. Whatever that is.

Anyway, Herschel, here’s your WELL DESERVED Dilly-

Quote of the Day

Dr Michael J. Svigel  –  Eschatology 101: “Nobody knows the day or the hour. Except that guy with no formal training and a lame website. Besides him, nobody knows.”

The New York Times Has Trash ‘Religion’ Coverage

I don’t know who their reporters are, or where they get them, but evidently none of them, and no one on the editorial staff, knows a thing about Christianity, the Bible, the Old Testament, or the way names work.

In case you don’t know (and shame on you if you don’t), the name ‘Jesus’ never occurs so much as one time in the Old Testament.

This is the garbage that the media vomits out whenever it covers ‘religion’.  It is imbecilic.  Bloody dilettantes.

Every Biblical Studies and Theology Dilettante Explained

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people wrongly overestimate their knowledge or ability in a specific area. This tends to occur because a lack of self-awareness prevents them from accurately assessing their own skills.

The concept of the Dunning-Kruger effect is based on a 1999 paper by Cornell University psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger. The pair tested participants on their logic, grammar, and sense of humor, and found that those who performed in the bottom quartile rated their skills far above average. For example, those in the 12th percentile self-rated their expertise to be, on average, in the 62nd percentile.

The researchers attributed the trend to a problem of metacognition—the ability to analyze one’s own thoughts or performance. “Those with limited knowledge in a domain suffer a dual burden: Not only do they reach mistaken conclusions and make regrettable errors, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it,” they wrote.

Etc. Do read it all. Especially the final part where you learn how to avoid falling into the dilettante trap.