I should start this post with the caveat that I am not anti-intellectual, and don’t think I ever could be. I’m an academic, after all; I live by thinking about things (okay, and to teach things). On the other hand, I reject the intellectual idolatry of much of academia. So don’t read this post, or the previous post about how God chooses the foolish things to put the wise to shame, as taking a stand against intellectual pursuits. They are merely reminders that thinking about things, while important, is not most important.
My wife, after reading that earlier post, reminded me of an amusing and oddly appropriate memory lapse I made as a brand new convert to Christianity: (more…)
I became a Christian over a decade ago. It was a surprise to me and to all who knew me. After all, I am a nerd, of an intellectual bent, and the prevailing wisdom of my friends and acquaintances was that only stupid people were Christian. The notion, despite abundant counter-examples both historically and locally, was that any sufficiently intelligent or sufficiently educated person would leave behind such medieval superstitions as Christianity. When I became a Christian, I learned to praise God that I was dumb enough for Jesus, and I found biblical support for that view. (more…)