This morning I finished Peter Leithart’s illuminating work Deep Comedy. I say “illuminating” because never before have I seen Solomon, Derrida, Homer, Shakespeare, & Jesus compared & contrasted in such a way as Liethart does in this book! A wonderful amalgamation of philosophy, poetry, literature, & theology, Deep Comedy explains just why all of these categories ultimate play off one another.
The other day I read a blog post by Peter Leithart entitled “Give Peace a Chance.” Commenting on the book The Question of Peace in Modern Politics, Leithart believes that “the editors begin from assumptions that need to be questioned.” From here Leithart begins to question the editors assumption:
Ecclesiastes is often understood to be one of the more dour books in the Bible. The preacher (Solomon) seems to be saying that everything in life is pointless and therefore we should approach things in an “ignorance is bliss” sort of way. Otherwise we will just be depressed all the time.
Christians, more than ever, seem to be obsessed with the concept of “worldview.” Yet, ironically, we have subjected the very concept of “worldview” to the same sort of scrutiny that we claim to be applying to everything else when we talk about “worldview.” Here’s a short thought from Peter Leithart that should give you a little pause:
Christians have good reason to distrust any approach to life and history that assumes the primacy of ideas [worldview thinking]. For Christians…”truth” is not found in a system of ideas, but in a Person, Jesus Christ. Our calling is not to develop a complete perspective on the world, but to follow Jesus. To be sure, being a disciple involves loving Jesus with our whole minds, and seeking to conform our minds to the Word of God. But it also involves conforming our hands, feet, hearts, back, arms, legs, and ears to the Word of God, not to mention our relationships with the world and with others.
This is a short taste from an article in which Letihart dismantles the “worldviewcentric” approach that seems to have thoroughly invaded the church! Read it here.
Food for thought!
“Culture” is a Christian buzz word these days. I’m guilty of it & you’re guilty of it. We throw this word around rarely giving any thought to what we mean by it. This has caused a haze to rest over our eyes and minds whenever we hear someone talk about “culture.” Thankfully, there are people out there who are concerned with this sort of hazy approach to culture. Peter Leithart is one such person.