Approach to Writing
Note: This is # 6 of a list of approaches and things I keep in mind when writing. There is more than one list.
Scholar versus Primitive
I have read my share of scholarly works. They are insightful and defined. They take reason as far as possible, and details are not overlooked. Logic and reason are used with care. They lead one in a direction that hones down a problem and clarifies definition.
Scholarship can be the most precise tool man employs in dealing with and accumulating data. However, inherent in its precision is its limited scope and ability to see the whole.
Primitive thinkers (preachers, seers, prophets, thinkers) are not held back by academic training and the scientific process. They can glean what they need from scholarship but can also rely on their insights and intuitions. Hence they can take stabs at seeing the entire picture and are not restrained by logic and reason.
Often they can be wrong. Part of their thinking is based on fear, or myth, or superstition, but there are grains of truth interspersed amid the nonsense. So they are not to be dismissed. We just have to listen and discern what hits a true note or not.
Both the scholar and the primitive thinker are not complete, but neither should be discounted.