Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Vision, Part IV

...embraces Divine Revelation...

As might have been evident from "Vision Part III," revelation in the Liberal Arts is central and yet not clearly understood. One might claim that this is a Christian bastardization of the Liberal Arts. That person would have never read Plato.

Knowing the mind of OLSWA's founders, I would say they likely had two things in mind with this word, 'embrace." One, it governs life outside of the classroom. Two, it informs the life of the classroom. I'd like to focus on the former, as I think I've done a bit of the latter in the "Vision III."

In a way this is to speak of an indirect preparation by means of Divine Revelation. But I don't want to concentrate my thoughts here upon an instrumentalist view of spirituality. We study Scripture first in order to be human. Scripture makes Christ present: it focuses our thoughts and our hearts upon Him. Everything in Scripture points to this, urges this. If it doesn't for you then you must first turn your mind and heart to address God in solemn invocation. Do not get caught up in textual minutia. I would urge every Christian to follow Augustine's advice: read all of Scripture thoroughly, read it all the way through many times, memorize parts, put it all together, see Christ, see what He is telling you. When you have done this you are ready to take on all the mysteries and problems of the Sacred text.

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