3.13.2008

Thinking

I have been mulling and thinking about what I want to be when I grow up.

For a long time I have had in my mind some sort of job working with athletes in the strength and conditioning field, but that seems to be changing.

There are a great many dangerous ideas 'out there'. Most people think that morality is completely relative to the person engaging in any particular act, or that it is maybe relative to one's culture. That is a very bad idea.

Many people think that a 'perfect body' is attainable and desirable and will go to great lengths to try to reach that and in the process damage their health, sometimes irreversibly. That is a bad idea.

Many people think that educators should remain 'morally neutral' in a classroom and not describe any behaviour as being more or less moral than any other behaviour. That is a bad idea and it is also impossible.

I have recently come to realize that the people who control the ideas that circulate in society are scholars in universities.

I want to influence the ideas that Canadians interact with and think to be valuable.

Here is a short exerpt that I think hits the nail on the head...from Dr. Charles Malik:

"I must be frank with you: the greatest danger confronting American evangelical Christianity is the danger of anti-intellectualism. The mind in its greatest and deepest reaches is not cared for enough. But intellectual nurture cannot take place apart from profound immersion for a period of years in the history of thought and the spirit. People who are in a hurry to get out of the university and start earning money or serving the church or preaching the gospel have no idea of the infinite value of spending years of leisure conversing with the greatest minds and souls of the past, ripening and sharpening and enlarging their powers of thinking. The result is that the arena of creative thinking is vacated and abdicated to the enemy. Who among evangelicals can stand up to the great secular scholars on their own terms of scholarship? Who among evangelical scholars is quoted as a normative source by the greatest secular authorities on history or philosophy or psychology or sociology or politics? Does the evangelical mode of thinking have the slightest chance of becoming the dominant mode in the great universities of Europe and America that stamp our entire civilization with their spirit and ideas? For the sake of greater effectiveness in witnessing to Jesus Christ, as well as for their own sakes, evangelicals cannot afford to keep on living on the periphery of responsible intellectual existence." (“The Other Side of Evangelism,” Christianity Today, November 7, 1980, p. 40.)


Hat Tip... The Constructive Curmudgeon

2 comments:

Leona said...

Didn't we say (Christmas 2003) that you bring to the family the blessing of thoughtfulness? I wonder where this path will take you.

Sarah Scott said...

Amen! We need more out there like you. :)