This as a follow-up to the previous post. I’m grateful that I have experienced many places in the Christian community where I could ask deep questions of our faith… most especially in the community at my undergraduate school, among a particular group of thoughtful friends and professors. But the attitude that asking questions is faithless leaves very little room for growth in our knowledge of God and of his truth.
An intellectual isn’t an intellectual because he is secular or religious, but instead because he has something intelligent to say that makes a difference in how we think and act.
Apologies for the long hiatus… it will most likely continue until next summer (since marriage and comprehensive exams are coming between now and then). But in the meantime, this article captures much of what I think about my own place in God’s kingdom as a Christian intellectual. It’s not just – or even primarily – about evangelism. It is about being salt and light. It is about embracing and discovering truth. It is about being a little Christ… that is, being conformed to his image in the very work that I do. It is about building up those around me in their intellectual as well as their spiritual lives. It is about clinging to the vision of Christ working in all of creation to bring redemption.