The man standing at the podium swipes his hair back again and continues with is presentation. He has a new theory, challenging the one that has become the status quo, which has staved off competing explanations for decades. He drops numerous names and somehow in the mix mentions the deficiencies of his father. I begin to suspect that this proud, brilliant, and yet surprisingly insecure scholar is no longer filling just a lacunae in the field but a hole in his heart.
Reading Daniel 1 Reflection In an evangelical world in which “secular” knowledge is sometimes not valued, it’s important to remember that the Bible itself, at least in a couple of instances, supports the learning and use of what’s sometimes termed “secular” knowledge. Of course, there is no such thing as “secular” knowledge, really. There is […]
The Life of the Mind: A Christian Perspective By Clifford WIlliams My rating: 4 of 5 stars “Our danger has not been too much thinking, but not enough.” –Nathan Hatch The epigraph to Williams book gives us the purpose of this book in a sentence: to make the argument for the importance of thinking and […]
‘And God blessed [mankind] and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” … The LORD God took the man and put him in the […]
The most common reaction I get when I tell people I am an archaeologist, is ‘I always wanted to be an archaeologist when I was little!’ Since most people later leave that dream behind and find more useful things to do, I sometimes find myself pondering why it is worthwhile to engage in archaeology. After the first excitement of the prospect of digging up treasures has worn away (probably after weeks of finding nothing whilst digging in rock-hard clay in the scorching sun, or alternatively sloppy, slippery clay in the pouring rain), why would a Christian have an interest in pursuing an academic career in archaeology at all?