Friday, July 18, 2014
Yes - They Think Of Us This Way
Is Christian Education an Oxymoron?Yep, a lot of people think so. They think that simply because we believe in God we are somehow less educated and more stupid than most. Conner points out the origin of the rational study of creation:
Western civilization's earliest scholars embarked upon the pursuit of knowledge believing that there was a Divine Intelligence behind all of creation and a divine "natural order" that governs it. "In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was God, and the Word was with God" (John 1:1, NIV). Because God is the Creator, Creation is infused with order and meaning. Because Creation is intentional, it is intelligible. Even pre-Christian thinkers such as Heraclitus and Socrates observed this fact, and their philosophical projects reflected the conviction that the pursuit of knowledge was not a futile endeavor. Theology was once deemed the "Queen of all Sciences," with philosophy as her handmaiden.While cosmology and order are compelling, what I find most disturbing in non-Christian thought is the ideas about human behavior. They utterly fail to see sin in its many manifestations.
On the most personal of levels I ache for what that means for their souls. ON a societal level it means that many people suffer deeply at the hands of those that we simply do not believe can be that bad.
Monsters are not the exception, they are the rule and only by the grace of God do we avoid letting our monster out.
But I must also confess that it is nearly criminal that we have Christians have behaved in such a stupid manner that opinions like this could be formed.
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