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December 04, 2007

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Being apprehended, being transformed seems like such a passive experience. Like C.S. Lewis' search for joy. You cannot control when it comes or how long it will last. But what is the alternative? Keep reading and studying and reading and studying? Or do we settle for long periods of living under the "eikonic eclipse" in our lives? My desire is to be transformed, to feel the joy of conversion again and again and to be deeply motivated to walk with the incoming God, but it seems to require a whole lot of waiting. C'est l' vie, I guess.

This is a fantastic point about the "two-dimensional knowledge" How often as humans do we make assumptions based upon incomplete data? For example a have a friend here at Geneva College who is from Haiti and has a darker complexion. She often tells a story about a student who approached her and questioned her "How is it being an African-American on Geneva's campus?" Here the student asking the question based her information solely on the appearance of the other student and failed to ask her any questions dealing with her nationality and simply made an assumption based on the color of her skin. Here we see a perfect example of someone seeing based on flawed and incomplete information.
I feel that the example I have used adds another dimension of what data is. A sensory experience provides the mind with signals about the nature of a particular experience and evaluates on a basic level based on the feedback from the signals. For example, we do not need to gather information about the most general pieces of information about another person. Unfortunately due to our fallen nature and the "two-dimensional glasses" we fail to realize the full three dimensional nature of the person we are confronting.
Jeff Daniels, while he is portraying the role of Col Chamberlain in the film "Gettysburg" gets at the heart of the issue I am discussing. He says "inside each human being, regardless of if he is white or black, is a divine spark given to him by God that can never be taken from him, no matter how great the cruelty he faces is." We must do God the honor of properly appreciating the beauty and complexity of what he has created by not simplifying or stripping his creation of its diversity by simply judging by sensory means. We must make the effort to learn and glorify the differences that make each and every one of us the beautiful and complex being that God crafted. And the almighty God created us just how he intended, in his image and fearfully and wonderfully made.
God Bless,
Bill Coyne
Sophomore (Wise Fool)
Geneva College

Why should imagination in the shape of the biblical story be any more prized than answers from another place? The positivist trap is one, but the other seems to be relativist chaos. What if the only real draw of this story is the startling claim that it's a normative story, situatedness notwithstanding? It startles me still. What do I do next?

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