Friday, May 7, 2010

"As unto the Lord"

Gene Fant calls attention to a list of "The 20 Most Brilliant Christian Professors" and encourages his readers to nominate additional academics. Dr. Fant remembered from his student days that:
.... One of my professors took me to the side after class and asked, “Is it true you are a Christian?” “Yes,” I replied, uncertain of where the question was leading. “I’m surprised,” the professor continued, “since your work is very strong. That’s really interesting.”

The question bothered me, not as a point of offense (“anti-Christian bias in the academy”), but rather that the reputation many Christian students have is that they are intellectually lazy or perform shoddy work. ....

Part of the great Christian Intellectual Tradition is the playing out of the intellectually apt principles that derive from biblical revelation: the existence and knowability of truth, the ultimate meaningfulness and purpose of the universe, and so on. Another part, though, is the belief that how we apply ourselves to tasks matters as well. We are to do things with all of our might (Eccl. 9:10) as unto the Lord. The luminaries cited in the list have certainly fulfilled this principle.
An impressive list.

I liked this quotation from one of the scientists, Martin Nowak:
Science and religion are two essential components in the search for truth. Denying either is a barren approach.
There are links to sites related to each of the individuals.

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