A theology of common sense

I am in the process of final PhD thesis revisions, and I am therefore very busy. I have presented a fairly short new article on thekingpin68 dealing with my MPhil and PhD thesis topic, the problem of evil.


In life, philosophy and theology can be used in all types of practical settings. Much of what this blog is about is philosophy and theology in everyday life situations, with often a satirical twist. Thekingpin68 blog allows me to write with academic theology, philosophy and Biblical studies and this blog allows me to examine these disciplines in everyday situations.

I reason theologically, within a Christian tradition, God desires followers to have and use common sense. Human beings are corrupted by sin (Romans 1-3) and have finite, limited, minds, but we are to attempt to avoid situations where we can hurt ourselves, others, or damage property. The book of Proverbs in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament is a text which uses much common sense.



The Book of Proverbs is a collection of moral and philosophical maxims of a wide range of subjects presented in a poetic form. This book sets forth the "philosophy of practical life". It is the sign to us that the Bible does not despise common sense and discretion. It impresses upon us in the most forcible manner the value of intelligence and prudence and of a good education.

Easton Illustrated Dictionary



Ancient proverbs are usually short statements that give advice or express some truth about human behavior. Wisdom and common sense were important in all ancient cultures. The wise sayings in Proverbs share a view of wisdom commonly held in the ancient world, but they differ from the wisdom of other nations on the key point of where wisdom comes from. In Proverbs, wisdom is seen as directly related to the LORD’s instruction. The truly wise person is the one who worships and honors the LORD and lives according to the LORD’s commandments.

American Bible Society

Trusting in the Biblical God is deemed essential as Proverbs 14:12 implies:

There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.

New American Standard Bible

Common sense is something which for me seems to increase with age. I have never been charged for an automobile accident and lost any standing with insurance, but when I was younger and learning how to drive I had a few mishaps, which were due largely to lack of experience and common sense.

In the first clip the driver must be a four-wheel drive ace, and in the second clip the driver wants to drive through the car wash on his/her own terms. My Dad was part owner of a service station which included a car wash in the 1970s and an older gentleman rather than turning his engine off and having his car taken through the car wash on the tracks, decided to drive through. He then complained to my Dad about the damage to the car. My Dad had heard the crashing sound from the garage.

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