The two are directly connected. The outrageous statements made on the video yesterday were birthed decades ago behind the closed doors of the academy. Scholars get into their little tribes and in talking to each other come up with some pretty mysterious, sometimes evil, ways to look at the world.
This is not a rant against higher education. I have been associated with higher education in some way for 16 of the past 20 years. I have met many fine people, including Christian scholars seeking to help young people better understand the Bible.
But I have also seen the seductive peer pressure of the academy make otherwise extremely intelligent people behave badly, or at least without integrity. If the ‘new’ and the ‘edgy’ are what is valued, then even the Bible will be read and studied from that perspective.
I hate that.
I’m not immune to that temptation. Writing for this blog tempts me regularly to be ‘clever.’
But, in the end, I have only one note to ring: God is sovereign. That includes being sovereign over disability.
I don’t want to be clever about that; I just want people to trust Jesus.