Letter from America
I read all the comments on the prophetic post. What worries me most about them is the willingness of so many of your brothers and sisters over there to regard all philosophy and theology as somehow unimportant, dangerous, or showing a lack in one’s relationship with God.
Scripture teaches us to “praise the Lord with the heart, and with the mind also”. This indicates to me that reason is in fact a gift from God and, when properly guided by study of Scripture and an examination of the teachings of the Church fathers, enriches and deepens faith, and guards the heart as well as the mind of the believer from false teachers.
Satan is the great deceiver, and his deception may be of the heart as well as the mind. Isn’t Satan capable of deceiving our experience? So reason and experience must check each other, with Scripture as a guiding source for both and the teachings of the Church fathers as a useful lense to keep us from reinventing the wheel, so to speak.
Jesse; through our friendship and through my study of events both ecclesiastic and political I have come to believe that the future of the church lies in large part with the global south, and that Africa will have a large role to play. I hope that the life of the mind will continue to have a large role to play as well, as I know it does with you.
*The writer is a long-time buddy of mine, from the Lutheran tradition, with whom I schooled in my student days in the US. We mused and still muse about many things in God’s world. In his free time, he loves to opine on politics, faith, history, indeed much else under the sun.