June 1, 2008

Forced (but good) Reading

I am required to read several books in the process of my ACSI Certification. I am already certified by the state, but I am also pursuing this certification for the school where I am currently teaching. The process requires a "course" on Philosophy of Education. You have to read some books, and write a paper.

The first book that I am tackling is called Love Your God With All Your Mind, by J. P. Moreland. The subtitle is "The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul". I wasn't really looking forward to reading this book, but it has grabbed my attention already. I don't have any author quotes to post yet, but I do have an interesting quote which the author uses at the beginning of one of the chapters. I find it interesting because it is a quote from a Gallup Poll on the topic of Religion:

"We are having a revival of feelings but not of the knowledge of God. The church today is more guided by feelings than by convictions. We value enthusiasm more than informed commitment."

The interestingness of this quote is heightened by the source of the quote... at least for me. The real question is whether or not I agree. I do. I believe that there are way too many who are more led by their feelings on topics that by their convictions. And the few convictions that they do have are rooted in the most recent book that they read or what their pastor was recently speaking on... and those convictions are not set in stone. There are very few who dig for truth, and even fewer who dig in the right places.

Anyway, I am sure I will have more thoughts on this as I continue to read.

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