Sunday, March 18, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Hello again! It has been a relatively long while since I have posted. It is nice to have time to write again.
For a few weeks now I have noticed that people often make statements like "what is happening to_____ (insert some given institution or organization or group of any kind)?!" They are implying with that question that something bad is happening to whatever the given group might be. The change might be a deterioration in morals or standards, or maybe a loss of quality, or perhaps a change in structure. This is all good and well. These people are entitled to their opinions and probably usually have good reason for their exasperation.
I was intrigued to think about a particular usage of this "what's happening to _____?" phrase, however. I've found that people often talk about the United States in this way. I heard the phrase used again and again to talk about America. They'll use it when, for example, the government passes a new and controversial law. Nothing much to be found here, really. The new law/whatever it is may be unfortunate and worth expressing dissent over. What struck me, however, was the surprise that accompanied so many of these exclamations. It seemed to me as if the fact that things were getting worse or that standards were being lowered came as a surprise to many. This intrigued me because as Christians, we ought not be surprised when things go badly in this world. We ought not be surprised when governments are corrupt, when people lie, cheat and steal. We ought to be heartbroken and saddened, but not surprised.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
This week has been mostly spent writing an extensive compare-and-contrast paper about Cornelius Van Til and CS Lewis' apologetical methods. However, worry not. More posts to come soon. The paper will be done by tomorrow and I can get some good thoughts out on here! Hope your week is going fantastically! :)
Friday, March 2, 2012
The idea of being either optimistic or pessimistic has been on my mind recently. Maybe it is because I have heard people talking about it, or maybe it is because I have been thinking about whether or not my friends (and myself) are optimistic. Whatever the case, it has been on my mind. And after having thought about it for a bit, I think that some thoughts I had might be helpful for you, Reader.
So, I want to show you that, as Christians, we ought be be by default realistically optimistic and that that disposition is one unique to Christians. And I furthermore want to argue that the Christian metanarrative, the grand story of history, is one that compels us to be this way.