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Knowledge and Ignorance

February 09, 2011 Length: 1:01

St. Peter of Damascus on knowing what we don't know.

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There are many great Orthodox resources we can read and to which we can listen, and many things we can—and even should—learn. But St. Peter of Damascus warns us that we need to be aware of what we truly know, and what we do not know:

As St. Maximos has said, ‘To think that one knows prevents one from advancing in knowledge.’ St. John Chrysostom points out that there is an ignorance which is praiseworthy: it consists in knowing consciously that one knows nothing. In addition, there is a form of ignorance that is worse than any other: not to know that one does not know. Similarly, there is a knowledge that is falsely so called, which occurs when, as St. Paul says, one thinks that one knows but does not know (see I Corinthians 8:2).

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