Book Reviews

Face second-guessing? Read ‘The Death of Expertise’

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.