Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Not Just Academic

Nathan and I will be teaching through Nancy Pearcey's book Total Truth on Sunday evenings through the summer. Here's a great statement in her introduction to the book-

As the concept of worldview becomes common currency, it can all too easily be misunderstood. Some treat it as merely another academic subject to master- a mental exercise or "how to" strategy. Others handle worldview as if it were a weapon in the culture war, a tool for more effective activism. Still others, alas, treat it as little more than a new buzzword or marketing gimmick to dazzle the public and attract donors.

Genuine worldview thinking is far more than a mental strategy or a new spin on current events. At the core, it is a deepening of our spiritual character and the character of our lives. It begins with the submission of our minds to the Lord of the universe- a willingness to be taught by Him. The driving force in worldview studies should be a commitment to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind" (see Luke 10:27)

That's why the crucial condition for intellectual growth is spiritual growth, asking God for the grace to "take every thought captive to obey Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5). God is not just the Savior of souls, He is also the Lord of creation. One way we acknowledge His Lordship is by interpreting every aspect of creation in the light of His truth. God's Word becomes a set of glasses offering a new perspective on all our thoughts and actions.

1 comment:

Frontier Forest said...

I have heard Nancy Pearcey several times on the “Bible Answer Man”. She is an important, powerful apologetic thinker. I am looking forward to learning how to better defend the truth, as you and Nathan rightly digest her book