The Discoverers

Daniel Boorstin (former U.S. Librarian of Congress from 1975 until 1987) writes in his book The Discoverers that “The primary barrier to progress is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge and expertise. Discoverers see more clearly what can be done because they have less knowledge about the way things are supposed to work and are not trapped by the limits of their times.”

One of the things I’ve always dreamed of for our church is that it would be innovative. What challenges me about Boorstin’s analysis, is that it is the illusion of knowledge or thinking we know what the church is supposed to look like that is the greatest danger to falling into ruts and routines.

If we are to be creative and innovative and find more effective ways of communicating with people and connecting people with each other and using technology etc., maybe we have to work on our pride more than our ignorance.

Doesn’t that sound strangely biblical?

Anyway, I love hearing people’s creative thoughts and ideas… so if you ever think you have a good insight, paradigm shift or lightning bolt idea, e-mail me!! [email protected]



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