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  • Mark Ward - Thu, 12/30/2021 - 1:02am

    The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth, by Jonathan Rauch (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2021).

    I have such mixed feelings about this book. I so much want so much of it to be true and right. I hold a minority worldview in my society; classical liberalism’s values of free speech and freedom of conscience work for me and mine. They also feel familiar—though less sturdy than they did in the past. I also happen to share a lot of Rauch’s political opinions: a lot of his read of Donald Trump’s mendaciousness, of the Capitol insurrection, of the cancel cultures on left and right, of the value of civility and listening to the other side. I’m grateful for much of this book.

    But I’ve read too much Stanley Fish to trust liberal proceduralism and the scientific method as he does (many times throughout the book I thought of the image from Fish’s famous essay of the moderator at liberalism’s table), and I’ve read too much...

  • Mark Ward - Sat, 12/25/2021 - 1:50pm
    Wednesday at BJU Chapel

    Turn to Matthew 22 please. We’re going to read Jesus’ love commands like we did yesterday: love God and neighbor. If you can’t find this passage, you probably have the Political Partisan Study Bible. You might have to look on with your neighbor.

    Now as you turn, guest speakers aren’t supposed to do this, but I see a problem with the decor in this building, and I need to fix it. In fact, I’m going to kill six birds with three stones. I’m going to sum up several books I wrote for BJU, I’m going to fix this problem in the FMA decor, and I’m going to introduce my chapel sermon. Three stones will fly. Six birds will gently fall to the ground and, I’m sure, will go to bird heaven. Don’t worry about them.

    Here I placed an arrow on top of the arrow on the graphic on the chapel platform.

    There: that is much better. I’m not criticizing whoever made this graphic; there are definitely times when the arrow needs to point down, when your reason needs to overrule your feelings.

    But you may have encountered one of the books I’ve written for BJU Press, such as Biblical Worldview: Creation,...

  • Mark Ward - Sat, 12/25/2021 - 1:40pm

    Turn to Matthew 22:34, and some of the most familiar but important words of the New Testament. In honor of my own infotainment documentary tonight, I’ll be reading from the 1611 King James Version.

    But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”

    Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

    I do make it my aim to love my neighbor. But sometimes they make it so hard…

    The most troubling and pressing question of the COVID crisis for me as a Christian has been this: why is it that so many Christians I do love, people who share my doctrinal commitments and my love of Christ and his word—why is it that they trust voices I distrust, and vice versa? When the big COVID wave hit us, why did we react so differently...

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