In this lecture, Dr. Michael Bauman recounts the story of his journey through life, the influence of the 1960s and the beliefs he held about the world. He tells of how his deceptive beliefs led him only to emptiness and how his soul found no rest but in God.
“Beware lest any man take you captive through vain and deceitful philosophy, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” — Colossians 2:8
The 20th century is the praxis of this verse. Western Civilization in general and the United States in particular have embarked on a hazardous journey of rejecting and replacing Christ with any number of mortal men and their ideas. Since ideas have consequences the 20th century has witnessed the consequences of these utopian schemes and ideas.
It is instructive how one segment of our society screams “censorship” every time its views are questioned, but when Christians claim “censorship” of the facts of history, they are ignored by the guardians of the First Amendment.
Public school textbooks are fertile ground for the seeds of willful historical deception.
One of the defining moments in my personal journey was a class I took in seminary from Dr. John Woodbridge on the history of fundamentalism and evangelicalism in America. As someone frustrated with and running from my own pseudo-fundamentalist heritage, the class helped me place my own limited experiences, as well as pace my grumpiness with it.
I just completed two books that had been on my list for a while: Dianna West’s The Death of the Grown-up: How America’s Arrested Development is Bringing Down Western Civilization (thanks to Jeff Myers for the recommendation) and George Weigel’s Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism: A Call to Action (thanks to Hugh Hewitt and Kevin Bywater). The timing was better than I anticipated.
In his helpful book Worldview: The History of a Concept, David Naugle traces the development of the evangelical embrace of the concept of “worldview.” First used by Immanuel Kant, weltanschauung became a fad topic for the subsequent generation of German philosophers.
Do you remember hearing about Columbus convincing the Spanish monarchs that he would not fall off the edge of the Earth during his voyage to the Indies? It makes for a good story, but historians now recognize that it never could have happened.