Let me explain it to you in a cartoon and two quotes.
The problem, as I see it, is that a great deal of the theological thinking of many Christians, in both content and process, is illustrated all too perfectly by the following Pearls Before Swine cartoon.
As sad as this is, the Church has not responded well. A.W. Tozer articulates this perfectly,
“A religious mentality characterized by timidity and lack of moral courage has given us today a flabby Christianity, intellectually impoverished, dull, repetitious and to a great many persons just plain boring. This is peddled as the very faith of our fathers in direct lineal descent from Christ and the apostles. We spoon-feed this insipid pabulum to our inquiring youth and, to make it palatable, spice it up with carnal amusements filched from the unbelieving world. It is easier to entertain than to instruct, it is easier to follow degenerate public taste than to think for oneself, so too many of our evangelical leaders let their minds atrophy while they keep their fingers nimble operating religious gimmicks to bring in the curious crowds.”
How true and how sad. How the Church SHOULD respond is described by C.S. Lewis,
“If all the world were Christian, it might not matter if all the world were uneducated. But, as it is, a cultural life will exist outside the Church whether it exists inside or not. To be ignorant and simple now—not to be able to meet enemies on their own ground—would be to throw down our weapons, and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defence but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy [and theology] must exist, if for no other reason because bad philosophy [and theology] needs to be answered. The cool intellect must work not only against cool intellect on the other side but against the muddy heathen mysticisms which deny intellect altogether.
The learned life then is, for some, a duty.”
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Soli Deo Gloria