Thursday, March 14, 2013

Queen of the Sciences?

For the love of God, I have a question for Christians. A serious one. It's not meant to be rhetorical. 

The question comes out of a context. It comes on account of an observation: in our modern-day way of doing things—that is, in a pluralistic, democratic, and egalitarian fashion—it appears to be very difficult, even for those who claim to think world-viewishly, for Christians to think from a center, from an integration point. 

It appears to me that often we only give lip-service to such an endeavor, while deep down, if we’re honest with the way we really carry out business, we don’t think there is an integrating center. The world is a fragmented place, and nothing really holds it all together. The theologians do their thing. And political scientists do theirs. And when we're in one field, we appeal to the specialists there; when in another, we appeal to the specialists there. But there's no fundamental reality that speaks to all of reality and holds together the parts of the whole. 

So here is the question: Is theology still the queen of the sciences? Or should we just give her a place at the table? And whether the first question gets answered yes or no, what is the upshot? Not least in institutions like churches, universities and colleges, the family, and in the public square?

I wonder if the question just seems passé as we press on with progress, leaving bygone days in the dust, along with the primitive folks who came before these days of enlightenment where we throw offwith shouts of liberation!the shackles of the past. And  by "we," I mean us, professing Christians. 

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