An area I always struggled with before is what details actually “are.” Well, eureka, it dawned on me, and here is your answer: statements that answer questions of who, what, where, when, why, and how (much). Therefore, giving more form, substance, and complexity to a question by answering these questions, and obviously giving them an answer.
However, details, both in their quality and quantity, can be a blessing or a curse. (Of course, I enjoy the heavy stuff, but many others may not.) Naturally, details on a topic are pursued by one who is genuinely interested. If not, you wouldn’t do so. And often, as they say, ignorance can be bliss. (No wonder ads will say “see store for details” or websites say likewise “click link for details.”)
Heavy detail must be absorbed slowly, and only portions of what you learn are likely to stay. Of course, though, if you need to know a particular fact that you may have forgotten, we have the Internet as a rich resource, as well as the more conventional library methods (which are slowly dying) and many other books as well, especially ones you may own.
Remember, in the end, learning is all about utility. As they say, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it; but it may come back to you if you reviewed it. Yet it’s not worth investing time into learning subjects (or even isolated facts) that are not relevant to what you would expect out of life. Also, detail control is an art; it takes trial and error.
And like anything, information (at any level of detail), can be an idol. Aside from Scripture, most information is secular and explains exactly that — worldly phenomena.
As 1 Cor 10:31 states, “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” And, since “all” means “all,” that includes research and choosing reading material. Amen?
At least you can judge books now, regardless of their covers!