“How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken? When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken” (Deuteronomy 18:21-22).
Someone said to me, “He may be an atheist but he has a Ph.D. in Greek and has studied the Scriptures in their original languages. That gives his views a great deal of weight.”
I laughed. Not even a little bit.
On the back of a book on prayer, a blurb described the pastor/author as an expert on prayer. I’m not sure why that offended me. I felt as if one of my five siblings had claimed expertise in communicating with our parents. “What’s so hard about that?” I would have replied. “They love us and are always available.”
I don’t know. Perhaps it’s just anyone calling himself an expert that bothers me.
I have read that FDR had an innate distrust of anyone called an expert. It’s not a bad philosophy.
There are so few people in this life who should be called experts on anything. Veterans, yes, and we will accept advisors and counselors and instructors. But rarely expert.
I’m remembering that in the early days of Jimmy Carter’s administration, youthful Hamilton Jordan and Jody Powell were called “consultants” or “advisors.” Some commentator observed that no one should be called such until they are at least forty and have had one great failure in life.
Historically, experts have a spotted track record
What follows is from Columnist Walter E. Williams, Professor of Economics at George Mason University. His column appeared in our Clarion-Ledger on Monday, July 30, 2018…
–Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers predicted that if Donald Trump were elected, there would be a protracted recession within 18 months. Did not happen.
–When it became apparent that Trump would be elected, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman warned that the world was “very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight.”
–In 1929, Irving Fisher, a professor of economics at Yale, predicted, “Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.” Three days later, the stock marked crashed.