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The Wisdom Pyramid (Book Review)
Episode 23510th February 2022 • Deeper Christian Podcast • NRJohnson (Nathan Johnson)
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We live in a world full of distraction, information, and a demand for more. Yet too many of us no longer know how to think, let alone know where to go for wisdom.

I recently read the book The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World by Brett McCracken, and it fits so well with the last episode (#234: Four Warnings for This Year) that I decided to do a simple book review/overview to discuss the importance of finding our wisdom in the proper order (as McCracken argues).

McCracken summarizes the current cultural dilemma with information and social media as three key problems:

  • Information gluttony – we have way too much information to digest
  • Perpetual novelty – we have a constant desire for everything to be “new” and “fresh”
  • “Look Within” Autonomy – we want everything built around us and our needs, wants, and desires

His solution, what he calls the Wisdom Pyramid,” is a practical illustration to remind us where the primary sources of wisdom come from. Like the 1990s food pyramid, the Wisdom Pyramid tells us that our primary source of wisdom and truth must come from Scripture. And as you go higher up the pyramid, that input should have less authority and influence—ending with the internet and social media (ie: we should be getting the least, if any, of our truth from that source).

  • The Internet and Social Media
  • Beauty
  • Books
  • Nature
  • The Church
  • The Bible


Deeper Christian Podcast • Episode 235

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