I was talking with a friend the other about the misguided tendency of Christian conferences to have seminars on all kinds of cutting-edge issues coming from the culture. Don’t get me wrong. I think Christians ought to stay abreast of the latest news and be growing in the ability to navigate the various challenges to the gospel.
What struck me is how impractical it is to mainly offer issue-oriented seminars rather than helping people to learn how to think theologically in a way that is truly grounded in Scripture. Too few Christians have taken the time to do this. When we do have the patience over the long haul to learn the Christian faith well it gives us a discernment we can’t find anywhere else.
I read a lot, and I read books on diverse subject matter. However, if I don’t keep meditating, mulling, memorizing, and going deeper in my understanding of God’s Word my discernment in properly engaging culture will be impaired.
There are certainly practical problems with how to redress injustice to groups like Native Americans. Some, perhaps many Christians, feel that there is nothing to redress or address. I side with Throckmorton’s evaluation:
“I think the best psychologists are actually fiction writers,” Konnikova said. “Their understanding of the human mind is so far beyond where we’ve been able to get with psychology as a science.”
The narrow focus required by scientific research can miss the big picture, Konnikova said; researchers often tinker around the edges of wisdom elucidated by novelists a hundred years ago. “You need the careful experimentation, but you also need to take a step back and realize that fiction writers are seeing a broader vista and are capable of providing you with insights or even ideas for studies.”
The rest is here: http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/33945/title/It-s-Elementary/