So we are plugging away through Richard Baxter’s The Christian Directory—whacking topics as they, mole-like, poke their little heads up. Our topic today is taken from I.I.I.3, and has to do with the judicious use of our ears. Specifically, is it sensible to take advice from the devil about religion?
Poisonous ideas have always been ready to hand, but never so ready as now. It used to be that one had to scale the mountain and spelunk the cave in order to meet the guru. Today the guru has a Facebook account and uses Google AdWords. If five hundred years ago the marketplace of ideas was the size of a general store in a one horse town, now with globalization and the internet, it is Alibaba.com. It will deliver the epistemological equivalent of ten tons of scrap rubber foam… right to your front door.