It’s the end of the first week working on the Understanding the Times project. I’m taking book deliveries several times a day — around 100 books so far added to my library, which has already filled the 180 linear feet of bookshelf space in my office. Outlines are almost done for half of book 2, the trimmed down versions of our chapters on theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, psychology, sociology, law, politics, economics, and history.
Question for you: I’m setting aside a chapter for other academic subjects that have massive worldview implications — any suggestions? So far I have art and education.
Main reflection after about 40 hours of digging into this project: most Christians have no clue about the implications of losing the battle of ideas.
- If secularists are successful in their attempts to unfairly label Christians as intolerant, frightening, bigoted, homophobic, fanatic, vicious, and dangerous, our witness will be severely damaged.
- If Cosmic Humanists are able to persuade people to lay down their arguments because, after all, “all religions are true” (George Lucas), then any credible answers to the ultimate questions become impossible to deliver.
- If Islamicists successfully make the case that they should have their own system of law not accountable to the Constitution (sharia), then the America our founders envisioned will unravel before our very eyes.
- If Marxists successfully hijack this economic crisis to divorce Americans from the biblical concepts of private property and stewardship, then recovery will not be possible.
- If postmodernists are correct in their belief that there are no metanarratives, that means that the truth that all human beings have sinned and come short of the glory of God, that God loved the whole human race, and that Christ died for our sins, Christianity is doomed. And so are we.
More than ever we need to heed the words of 1 Corinthians 14:20: “Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.”