Tuesday, December 14

Voxing about Newsweek

Mr Hewitt has proposed another virtual symposium. This time we ponder what the Newsweek article (here) has told us about the Intellectual Left, aka the MSM. Mr Hewitt also points us to essays by two other blogger/theologians Dr. Roberts and Dr. Mohler on this article.

I found one point of Mr Meachem's article telling. Mr Meachem points out in a discussion about the Virgin birth that, is not a fact but an article of faith. Therein lies in large part of the distinction between the Enlightenment influenced intellectual left and those of us in flyoverland (and the most of our history). The MSM thinks, faith is a belief in things which are not true. However, the rest of us, have a more reasonable definition. We take it that faith is believing things to be true which cannot be proven. There is a not so fine distinction to be made there.

The MSM by forcibly convincing itself that faith is a belief in untrue things, at it's core, really feels childish in it's belief. They feel they must, by force of will, make themselves really believe in Christ. This is much like the stage many children go through in their belief in Santa Claus. You know, when they get a little older and still remember how nice it was believing, but are starting to realize where the gifts on Christmas morning really come from.

What they forget is what St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 1:18-20):
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.
Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

But then, in my experience, those in the liberal protestant churches don't spend much time reading the Bible. Scripture is not part of their discourse and thought. Faith is something reserved for Sundays (if at all). That way, the rest of the week, they don't have the tension of trying to believe in things that are untrue, which must be exhausting.

updated for clarity by Mrs. Psuedo-polymath