Ever had people in your congregation, perhaps elders or deacons, who think they know more about your job than you do?
It may be more than the normal second-guessing a pastor faces, according to The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters by Tom Nichols.
Recent polls show that respect for the clergy is at an all-time low and most Americans rarely consult religious leaders for advice on important matters.
In our post-modern world, where one truth is considered as good as another, that should come as no surprise.
Nichols writes that the problem is not just ignorance; it’s arrogance: “It’s a new Declaration of Independence: no longer do we hold these truths to be self-evident, we hold all truths to be self-evident, even the ones that aren’t true. All things are knowable and every opinion on any subject is as good as any other.”
Nichols’ book, although not a Christian one, will give you valuable insight into this disturbing trend.