Been thinking a little lately.¹ Came across this interview on Peter Enns’ blog with this guy just about to release a book on apologetics. He takes a leaf out of Kierkegaard’s tree:
It all hinges on Kierkegaard’s distinction between a genius and an apostle. Kierkegaard sees quite clearly that the modern form of authority for belief derives from genius – or what we might call “experts,” leaders in their fields. We believe what they tell us to believe because they know more than the rest of us they are more brilliant, intelligent, rational, insightful, etc.
Kierkegaard contrasts this with the Christian source of belief which comes from apostles, who differ from genius in that they do not ground their authority in their own talents or merits. Their message comes from God so the reasons they give are grounded differently than those of the genius.
Been thinking a little lately on role models. Kierkegaard, of course is one of them, not sure if I’ve read enough much else to have any other real role models, but, regardless, whence cometh the basis for this modelling? I like the boys and girls who can perform impressive intellectual acrobatics. I appreciate their gnosis so much … that I sometimes forget their praxis. And now Paul. N T Wright, a leading authority in Pauline studies, writes of Paul:
I persist in regarding him as the intellectual equal of Plato, Aristotle, or Seneca, even though the demands of his overall vocation, coupled with his dense style, mean that what we possess of his thought is compressed into a fraction of their written compass.²
Is there something missing here? I’ve always thought it would be awesome to lock myself in a cupboard for the rest of life, a no doubt spacious cupboard with some stimulating greats of theology, philosophy, and literature, and produce something disturbing… But to be truly disturbing requires steps beyond the world of mind.
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¹Tots should be doing ‘xam prep right now but got the tired-and-borings (what!?), as well as being inspired by how many posts some of these heavyweights on the blogs pump out a day. So might try a something new little, and see how long it works. A lecturer in teacher’s college said “Do less better.” Maybe I’ll do more but it’ll be better because the posts are less-sized.
²N. T. Wright, Paul: In Fresh Perspective (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2005), x.