All of us set goals
of one kind or another.
For one of ours this year,
use the DOOR.
We can’t know everything, but we run into trouble when we forget things that are important. What to do for the proper balance? First, let me repeat the words of Stuart Firestein, chair of biology at Columbia University (that we’ve returned to several times because of his frankness):
Although he has (in his own words) “a fancy PhD,” he acknowledges,
“As a biologist, I wouldn’t expect to get past the first two sentences of a physics paper. Even papers in immunology or cell biology mystify me–and so do some papers in my own field, neurobiology.”¹
Mountains of information–some of it real important stuff–keep piling up. And, we struggle to sort it out. (And, as Firestein openly admits, even scientists are forced to ignore most of it.)
What to do?
I feel there are 3 honest postures to take when looking at information that we consider matters:
(1) the close view
(2) the middle view
(3) and the far, or distant, view.
Oversimplifying? Probably, but not ignoring. I’ll try to explore what each of these views (cv, mv, and dv) means, or can mean, as we consider our worldview as Christians.
First, let me point out that while Jesus said many things many ways (from all 3 viewpoints) he heavily valued the mv. And taught, using it.
This needs some defining and spelling out, which I’ll try to attempt this year.There’s no way He expects us to know everything. In fact, the early church was pretty ragged in its understanding…
Of course “knowing in detail” is not the ultimate goal.
It’s obedience to what He teaches us.
¹ Scientific American (April 2012).