The Problem of Busyness

The issue of busyness is a very important issue, but it often does not receive the attention it deserves. This issue seems to be a particularly late 20th and 21st century phenomenon. Certainly many people before us have experience frustrations with the amount of work that needs to be done, but it is clear that the advent of technology, rampant consumerism, and more has contributed greatly to this problem. 

Surveys have even been done on the issue:

In data collected from over 20,000 Christians with ages ranging from 15 to 88 across 139 countries, The Obstacles to Growth Survey found that on average, more than 4 in 10 Christians around the world say they “often” or “always” rush from task to task. […] The busy life was found to be a distraction from God among Christians around the globe. […] About 6 in 10 Christians say that it’s “often” or “always” true that “the busyness of life gets in the way of developing my relationship with God.” (Source)

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Plausibility structures can prevent us from forming beliefs that are inconsistent with experience and evidence. But they can also have a negative impact, preventing us from forming true beliefs about reality. This appears to be the case within a broad segment of modern science. By accepting a plausibility structure that is limited to purely naturalistic explanations, many in the scientific community have imposed self-limiting and irrational criteria for explaining reality. The same is true for the small segment of atheists who truly believe that it is implausible that God exists.

This is just insane. It’s a short documentary on the recent guy who handled snakes, got bite, and died refusing treatment. This is exactly why textual criticism is so important.