The psalmist asks God not to let himself be lifted up with matters far above him.
This is the problem of the amateur dilettante, of whom I was chief among sinners. When I dallied forth into studying Orthodoxy almost a decade ago, I learned a few catchy phrases that I would throw at my Truly Reformed Opponents. Don’t get me wrong. We should certainly pin TRs to the wall, but I did so in a sinful manner. And with folks who really weren’t TRs.
Truth is, I didn’t know what I was talking about. I used words like “person/nature” or “simplicity” and tried to prove that x position is genealogically false.
I’ve since asked God for forgiveness. But I also realized that there are areas where even if I am not an expert, I am familiar with the literature and currents of thought. In these areas I can actually help people:
- Renaissance Occultic Magic and its current rebirth in the D.C./London/Vatican nexus.
- Russian history and geopolitics.
- Church Fathers (to an extent)
- Continental philosophy (Hegel, some Marx)
- Karl Barth
- Philosophical ethics
And contrary to the shrill inanity of Puritanboard, studying this stuff (especially 1-2, 4) is useful. For me, anyway, since I’ve been able to use it in evangelism. By the grace of God I’ve warned a number of people from dabbling in darkness and even rescued a few.