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Sunday, September 02, 2012

Notable Quote: James Sire

James Sire on the first task of a Christian thinker:

In an age in which postmodernism’s reduction of the real to a linguistic (whose disciplines are hermeneutics and semiology) and modernism’s emphasis on knowing rather than being (whose disciplines are epistemology and natural science), it is time to reassert the biblical priority of being (whose disciplines are theology and ontology or metaphysics). It may have a misplaced signified, a perverted meaning, but the slogan used to enlist people in the military has the words right: “Be all that you can be.” With the military, cannon fodder may be all one becomes, but with God, ah, that’s another matter. God simply is: “I AM WHO I AM” (Ex. 3:14). This He Who Is is the Word, the One Who Speaks, and when he speaks, he says, “Jesus Christ!” To pay attention first to God in Christ: this is the first task of the Christian Thinker.

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