Short post today just to get me back into the swing of things since it’s been so long since I’ve written! So much of my typed thoughts just goes to Facebook statuses (?stati?) that I have neglected the blog forum. So here I go!
I recently finished a book by John Piper called “Think: The life of the mind and the love of God.” I highly recommend reading it! It’s a short read and for the avid reader it shouldn’t take but a few hours to get through…which is why it took me about a month.
I believe we Christians are unfortunately living in an extremely anti-intellectual time. Christians, in principle, have been marginalized and all but removed from the marketplace of ideas. And I believe it is our own fault. Our incessant supposed need to be accepted by the world at large has driven this. For example, for the Bible reader, how hard, really, should it be to take a stance on a statement like, “God created the universe and all that is in it via his spoken word.” That should be easy, right? God spoke. It happened.
But we Christians speak out of both sides of our mouths these days on that most basic of tenets. We say, “Oh yes, the Bible is the inspired words of God. Oh yes, the Bible is inerrant. Oh yes, the Bible is infallible,” only to turn around and then agree with every philosophical, unobserved and unobservable atheistic statement on origins to come from the “scientific” mainstream (as if origins is scientific and not philosophical, but I digress).
We say with our mouths that “Jesus is the only way,” but then turn around and accept as true the philosophical statements from worldviews that run counter to the Bible.
Anyway…all ranting aside (yeah, right), I’m concerned. It used to be that the greatest thinkers alive were Christians. And now it seems to be the opposite. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the problem. It only SEEMS that the greatest thinkers are not Christians.
Again, we have marginalized ourselves in the marketplace of ideas and have refused to enter discussions boldly, claiming Truth to be our guide. As such, those that are deemed the greatest thinkers now are those that cannot even account for truth; those that cannot account for logic; those that cannot account for uniformity in nature; those that cannot account for knowledge. The supposed greatest thinkers today wax eloquent but then with certainty deny certainty…and we buy this nonsense. And we send our kids to schools where this sort of nonsense is taught as truth.
The only absolute truth is that there is no absolute truth.
Why would any thinking person accept that ridiculous axiom? I’ve heard it from the lips of Ph.D. scientists sitting 3 feet away from me in a room. I’ve read it from Ph.D. philosophers who typed it out in their books and online forums. I’ve heard it from the lips of Ph.D. folks in videos.
And yet, we, as Christians, actually have a foundation for truth and knowledge and logic and laws of nature/science and uniformity. Our axiom is the Bible and from it flow the result which is reality. Our opponents cannot even account for the existence of thoughts…they state that all thoughts are merely by-products of chemical reactions in the brain…and then they turn around and say that some chemical reactions (thoughts) are moral and some chemical reactions (thoughts) are immoral.
This is ludicrous.
So, Christian, let us counter the ridiculous philosophies and thoughts that seek to run counter to the Biblical claims. Destroy these vain thoughts and philosophies.
I’m also in the middle of reading “Already Compromised” by Greg Hall and Brit Beemer. This is the resulting work of a survey of some 200 Christian colleges/universities/seminaries in the U.S.
Basically, it shows that even in Christian post-secondary education there is compromise. The religion departments don’t agree with the science departments (and you’ll be shocked to learn that the science departments are more literal in their rendering of origins than the religion departments) and the Presidents don’t agree with the Vice-Presidents.
But I don’t want to give it all away. If you’ll click on the following link to my Facebook status from today, you’ll see one example of the crazy difference between the science and religion departments:
And here is another crazy stat detailing the difference between Christian college/university/seminary Presidents and Vice Presidents that I’ll end with:
Question: Do you believe in the inspiration of Scripture?
Presidents = 98.1% Yes
Vice Presidents = 98.7% Yes
Good start…but now for the craziness!
Question: Do you believe in the inerrancy of Scripture?
Presidents = 21.2% Yes
Vice Presidents = 77.9% Yes
Really? That’s just NUTS! Especially when compared to how Presidents seemed to answer so very Biblically on other detail questions when the VPs actually answered inappropriately to the same questions…confusion.
Question: Do you believe in the infallibility of Scripture?
Presidents = 17.3% Yes
Vice Presidents = 82.7% Yes
Just let that sink in for a bit…
So now I shall end this post…Please go read, Read, READ! And I don’t just mean read the Hunger Games and Divergent and books about sparkly vampires…but read for real. Read your Bible. Ask GENUINE questions about the Bible. And then seek out the answers. Don’t ask with a spirit of abject skepticism, but ask genuinely wanting to know the answers.
And read a bit of apologetics materials as well. Knowing the skeptic’s questions before they ask them is quite helpful. If you read the book called “Already Gone,” you’ll realize that our children are by nature skeptical. And that’s good. But what you will also find out is that our kids’ questions about Biblical Truth are usually given pathetic answers…yes, by well-intentioned people, usually, but pathetic answers nonetheless.
And this skepticism? It starts in mid to late Elementary School and is firmly entrenched by late Middle to early High School. Hence the title for the book being “Already Gone.”
Ok…my ranting is over…and I’m sure my writing is suspect…but, hey, that’s how we roll…
Leave a comment if you feel so inclined!
Soli Deo Gloria!