Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Inaugural Post

In the letter to the Ephesians, it is written, “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” And in his epistle to the Romans, the Apostle Paul writes, “And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”

Waking from slumber into an embrace of the faith is critical to taking hold of the incomparable richness and promise it holds. It is a rousing into life.

Whether a theologian, philosopher, scientist, or laymen; man has a vested interest in who he is, why he is here, and what lies beyond. The trappings of modernity can provide satisfying, at times intoxicating, diversions from these questions but such diversions are illusive and temporary. They are a form of slumber.

Ironically, in our present information age curiosity has given way to cynicism. Many people are not interested in seeking wisdom and discovering truth. Academics have cornered themselves in highly-specialized circles where conventions predominate. Patterns of thought have become increasingly myopic and those with diverging points of view are ignored.

This phenomenon, which is indelible to human nature, is not limited to the most important questions. Pick a discipline and you will find an established view that most people are reluctant to challenge. But as C.S. Lewis and many others have noted, practically all advances in history were made by those who defied conventions.

The prevailing view, therefore, can be a slumber of sorts. Waking from this slumber is uncomfortable but liberating. The ability to learn and to reason, as limited as it is, gives us an ability to discern truth. Ultimately this discernment leads us to the source of all truth, God Himself. The alternative is reversion. Cicero wrote, “Not to know what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child.” And it was George Herbert, the Welsh poet and Anglican priest, who explained, “He who knows nothing, doubts nothing.”

I wish to know. So when I have stumbled upon an insight and time permits, I will write it down. My posts will be sporadic and largely if not entirely unoriginal, relaying kernels of wisdom discovered by those who saw beyond their age. Many will be necessarily provocative and may cover an array of issues. But hopefully they will coalesce around enduring truths that, regardless of convention, explain our human condition. The faintest notion of these truths can begin to rouse the heaviest sleeper into a life of unimaginable joy.