Conclusion to Enlightenment: How to Think with God.

Over the last few weeks we have examined the main pillars that uphold the enlightenment world view. We called them “lenses” in that it is through them that our culture views the world. They are critical thinking, practicality, autonomy, tolerance, eclecticism, and relativity. We might even say that these are the great fundamentals of secularism.

From one perspective, these lenses have a bright side. Christianity, in fact, provided the soil for these ideas to grow. Personally, I am so glad that I go to a post-enlightenment physician rather than pre-enlightenment one. There is nothing wrong with modernism per se or the progress the world has made over the last four centuries in many areas. The Church is not an enemy to science and technology; it is part of the creativity of being made in the image of God and of “subduing” (not in an exploitive sense, but a nurturing sense) the earth. Modernism is who we are as westerners, and this cannot be changed, nor should it be changed. It would be ingenuous to condemn the Enlightenment in its totality on one level and yet embrace the many benefits received on the other. It is absurd to pine for the “good old days” when in fact they were not as good as we might romanticize them to be.

It is the dark side of the Enlightenment that must be exposed for what it is; the secular agenda to create a world view where there is no transcendent truth, that there are no absolutes, thus setting adrift the created realm of space/matter and time from its Creator. In its war against God and the Church, secularism has made deep inroads against Christianity, slowly eroding the biblical world view, and replacing it with individualism, materialism, and false ideas of freedom. All of us are affected by this. Again, it is in the very air that we breathe. We might think we are biblical, but we are not as biblical as we think. We must fight every day so as not to be pressured into the mold of society around us, but to be transformed by Christ. We must consciously examine our world view, or cosmology (how creation works and how we fit into it), and fight our way into reality. When we begin to suspect that so much of our thoughts and life-styles are illusory, it is then that we find our way to the truth. It is a life-death battle. It is not merely a matter of not committing certain sins, nor believing the right things about Jesus. It is a matter of learning how to “think with God.”

How do we learn to “think with God”? Well, again our previous work on the Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes provide a beginning. I thought that a new series on the 10 commandments would also be a good thing to do this summer; they provide another venue into the mind of God. Before this, however, I would like to present the three pillars of the biblical world view through what I call the “cosmic Triangle.”

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