On excessive intellectualism in the church

We are cautioned in Scripture to avoid two extremes regarding knowledge: thinking too much of thinking that is not done with the purpose of God’s glory in mind (this knowledge “puffs up” with pride), and thinking too little of thinking and spending more mental effort on sports (or the soaps) than on Scripture.

Regarding the first, Douglas Wilson says the pomposity of believers in academia gets a “raspberry” from him, and deserves the “horse-laugh of Christendom.” Even better:

“I mentioned earlier that proud flesh bonds to many strange things indeed, and I forgot to mention scholarship and footnotes. To steal a thought from Kierkegaard, ‘Many scholars line their britches with journal articles festooned with footnootes in order to keep the Scriptures from spanking their academically-respectable pink, little bottoms.'”


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