December 6, 2013 by lellielieb
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17
I have always loved this verse that was part of the reading for today. I’ve been struggling for the last few days with postmodern philosophy, especially that of Foucault and Derrida. I’m teaching a class on worldview and we have been trying to understand postmodernism. I have gotten to the place where I wonder if that is even possible. So much of what I am reading doesn’t even seem to make sense.
I understand postmodernism as a reaction against modernism and I know that modernism was born during the Enlightenment which lifted reason up to almost a divine position. As a Christian trying to establish a biblical worldview, I have struggled with finding the balance between faith and reason, but in reading the postmodern philosophy, one thing I have become absolutely convinced about is that reason cannot be thrown out completely. Without it all we have left is a confusing, empty, isolated mess.
That’s why the little phrase “open to reason” stood out to me as I read this verse this evening. Postmoderns are not open to reason. They feel we tried reason and it didn’t work. I was also interested to note that “open to reason” is only ONE of the things God’s wisdom is. Philosophy means “love of wisdom,” and the wisdom described in this verse is something I can definately love. The wisdom that comes from God sounds wonderful. It’s warm inviting, a place to come home to after a cold, hard week with the French guys. Thank you, Jesus!