Friday, April 22, 2005

Random Musings...and a Christian Philosophy of History

I'm going out to dinner in about 20 minutes. When it was 45 minutes, I was going to diligently spend that time correlating research notes to the paper outline that I completed this morning (yeah, me!). But now it's 20 minutes, so I decided that I'd update the blog that I've virtually neglected for the past few days. Yeah, as though it's a baby that will die if I don't feed it (or one of those awful mechanical pet things that were popular several years ago).

Yesterday afternoon I summarized 450 pages of reading in 2 1/2 hours. For those of you doing the math, you're right: it is impossible for someone like me to read 450 pages in 2 1/2 hours (general rule of thumb for the 'average' brain and not-too-dense reading is about 30 pages per hour).

Here's something I'm planning to go back and actually read for my edification rather than for my graduation.
Being a citizen of the kingdom, therefore, means that we should see all of life and all of reality in the light of the goal of the redemption of the cosmos (my note: see Eph 1:9-10, Col 1:19-20, Rom 8:19-21). This implies, as Abraham Kuyper once said, that there is not a thumb-breadth of the universe about which Christ does not say, 'It is mine.' This implies a Christian philosophy of history: all of history must be seen as the working out of God's eternal purpose. This kingdom vision includes a Christian philosophy of culture: art and science reflect the glory of God and are therefore to be pursued for his praise. It also includes a Christian view of vocation: all callings are from God, and all that we do in everyday life is to be done to God's praise, whether this be study, teaching, business, industry, or housework. George Herbert has put it well:
Teach me, my God and King,
In all things Thee to see,
And what I do in anything,
To do it as for thee.
I think I will spend the rest of my life actually learning how to live as a citizen of the Kingdom of God.

Dinner is in 15 minutes now. Happy Friday night!


Melodee said...

Thank you for this post, Molly. I love the idea that Christians should have a passion for history, art, science, and our vocations because it all belongs to Christ. I take delight in a great many things; I want to learn how to take delight in them as under the lordship of Christ.

Kyle said...

Hey Molly,

Just found your blog so I thought I'd say hi. I've enjoyed reading through your posts.