Saturday, March 12, 2011
GIANTS IN THE LAND - RAIDERS OF THE LOST CAUSE
Whether or not Gillespie effectively supports his case is up for debate but, personally, I believe there is validity to this perspective. As I see it, the pre-modern perspective that placed God at the center, though this is proper, had other weaknesses that led to the shift in question. Since literature, including the Bible, had limited access to the common person, religious ideas, and therefore faith, took on an increasing air of superstition. Carelessly and foolishly, certain practices were encouraged and embraced that had little or nothing to do with Biblical Christianity. However, for many, these practices began to characterize Christianity. It appears as though the added emphasis on human reason was aimed more at the superstitious elements of religious practice than at the core values and truths of a theistic epistemology. Unfortunately, the imbalance that eventually surfaced pit reason against faith and science against religion. This is an unnecessary and inappropriate imbalance. There is an appropriate relationship between faith and reason and, it is very much the case that science is best founded on a theistic worldview than an atheistic worldview.
I believe it is accurate to say that the epistemology of modernity began with the finite “I” as opposed to the infinite God but I also believe that the original efforts in this change of perspective were not intended to remove, ignore or eliminate God. It was and has proven to be an unfortunate and counterproductive shift. This brings me to a HUGE caution as I evaluate current trends in the church in regard to postmodernity. I am very concerned that many activities and efforts employed among the ranks of the church will prove to be unfortunate and counterproductive. Some of this can be relegated to an immature and thoughtless (or maybe wise in their own eyes) segment of the church but some of it is coming from the intellectual corners. Descartes and Hobbes were huge intellects but it is wrong to assume that intellectuals cannot mislead a generation and a culture. Often, tactics that seem good in the immediate have a terrible backlash.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV)