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10 Responses to “The Soul's Software”

  1. George Hepburn says:

    That writing was clear thinking and relatively easy to absorb—something good for the masses. It further enligthens the connection between the Gospel and how life is here on Earth( reality) . I’m glad to see the Word interjected throughout this post as doing so undergirds the importance of the discussion by making known the rock-solid foundation on which it stands.

  2. Brody Bond says:

    Is this to say that nurture is, in fact, a type of nature?

  3. Mike Metzger says:

    Its to say that nurture must work in proper alignment with human nature. And that’s not easy. A company can understand ought-is-can-will but be unwilling to institute a complete roundtable, with the result that ought-is-can-will is never be properly nurtured in the firm. It becomes little more than a slogan that most company workers don’t take seriously (or have no idea how to apply themselves to). The hardest part of building a complete roundtable in a company is instituting “crap detectors” and “wise sages” who caution corporations when they are kidding themselves and drinking their own Kool-Aid. That’s the nurture part that most companies shun.

  4. Dan McWilliams says:

    Mike, this begs the question for me, how do people and institutions gain this clear-eyed conscience, especially given that a funky conscience can be inherited from great, great-grandparents? And how much can we attain this out of sheer human will power?

    BTW, the epigenome is an amazing discovery!

  5. Mike Metzger says:

    It’s not will power (although that matters) as much as it is institutionalizing a roundtable (and knowing what constitutes a healthy roundtable). This works for individuals as well as institutions.

  6. Kyle Vitasek says:

    What is the end goal of generations of clear-eyed consciences operating in overlapping institutions?

    Is it to ‘change the world’?

    If it is, may we only seek that end in so far as it is truly seeking the shalom of others and not our own idea of what God’s kingdom on earth should look like. He wants us to obey him and walk faithfully by his side more than he wants us to come up with the perfect code to crack the cipher, right?

  7. Mike Metzger says:


    Close… but not quite. You ought to have some sensible ideas about what God’s kingdom on earth should look like. It’s not merely “seeking the shalom of others” in a vacuum (or letting the market or masses determine what is shalom). Second, your last statement (question) is self-defeating. When you postulate that something is “more” than something else, you are relying on (and cracking) some sort of code. Second, we don’t “come up” with a code any more than we “come up” or determine reality. We instead discover reality. We decipher the code. We sequence it in good conscience in order to properly love God and our neighbors.

  8. John Andrew says:

    Mike, really thought-provoking stuff! Can you connect the ought-is-can-will to creation-fall-redemption-restoration? Also, how about some scripture passages for healthy, arrogant, wounded, and seared?

    Finally, Steven Meyer makes a pretty compelling cast for DNA actually being software, not hardware, with the GATC encoding being analogous to the 1-0 in binary computer code. Comment?

  9. Mike Metzger says:


    Ought-is-can-will is how everyone expresses creation-fall-redemption-restoration, whether they know it or not. Example: saying something ought to be a particular way implies a pattern or design intrinsic to its nature. That’s creation. Looking at something in the way that it is is recognizing pattern yet broken – the fall.

    As for the scriptures on conscience, it is mentioned at least 31 times in the New Testament alone. Pull out a concordance and begin compiling our own research. Enjoy!

    I’m not familiar with Steven Meyer and GATC. Sorry!

  10. John Andrew says:

    Thanks for your reply!

    GATC is Guanine, Adenine, Thymine, and Cytosine, the four nucleotides that make up DNA. Stephen C. Meyer is director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, and the author of Signature in the Cell, the central argument of which is that the GATC is a kind of functional information that exists nowhere in nature except where an intelligent mind did the designing and encoding.

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