ever learning

Something I heard the other day:

“Whatever knowledge you have that does not endear Christ to you is but science falsely so called.”

Or words to that effect.

9 thoughts on “ever learning

  1. Presumably the knowledge itself? Trying to remember the circs … it was probably in the immediate context of knowing doctrine, but seems like it would cover other kinds of knowledge too.

    Certainly there’s not much value in acquiring theological knowledge if it doesn’t have the effect of increasing your love for Christ – and presumably there must be a way of responding to any other knowledge you gain in a way of worship as well.


  2. I dunno, it doesn’t seem to me that either knowing or not knowing vast amounts about particle physics or the digestive systems of goats would endear one to Christ, unless the acquisition of the knowledge was at the cost of one’s family’s welfare, or pursued for the sake of it, or things of the kind. And unless you have some funny definition of knowledge, then knowledge of particle physics is not less knowledge for having been gained at the knower’s wife’s cost and not for her benefit.

    About theological knowledge – every time the day’s Gospel featured Pharisees, our (theological institute’s) chaplain identified them with theologians.


  3. Well, it depends. If you thought of the physical universe, and even caprine digestive systems, as entirely under the governance of someone who was also your Saviour, then the more you found out about them, then the more you would presumably see of attributes of his such as, perhaps, his wisdom and power. Worshipping him as Lord must surely include some concept of his lordship over his own creation/providence? which you’re only finding out more about, whatever you learn (that’s true).


  4. But thinking about string theory as being under divine Providence is not part of physics.

    Do you see? Knowing more about physics, or dentistry, can make you think “coo, in’t God amazin’?” more than you did before you learned about the subject. But even if it didn’t, your knowledge of the science itself would not be the less knowledge. You might be less of a Christian, but you would not be less of a knower.


  5. I do see; I just don’t entirely agree.

    Any acquisition of knowledge about the heavens (just say) that fails to recognise their declaration of the glory of God is missing the point, and ignoring the most salient and significant thing about them. And that applies to any knower, selfconsciously Christian or not. Your context of knowing is all wrong, if you don’t know whatever you know in the light of God and his ‘most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures and all their actions.’


  6. Sundar Singh

    The West is like Judas Iscariot, who ate with Jesu, only to later deny him. The West ought to fear the fate of Judas, lest it hang itself on the tree of learning…

    …Jakob Boheme… more convinced that simple people like Boheme have a pure intuition and grasp easily and readily the Masters spiritual truths. Educated people, especially those I met in the West, repress their native intuition and substitute in it’s place a kind of artificial rationalism.

    I studied theology in a theological seminary… but they were not of much spiritual profit…


  7. ‘Knowledge puffs up,’ no doubt about it, and imagined sophistication is clearly a barrier to receiving the truth like a little child. Although our intuition as fallen human beings isn’t much of a guide either – an authoritative revelation has to come into the picture somewhere


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