ADVERTISING
 
Thursday, January 18   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 

 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Evangelical Focus is three years old
When was the first time you visited Evangelical Focus?





SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



 

To think, or not to think

One’s search for meaning and purpose has never been as complicated as it is today. So that the young man of this Information Age has consequently become somewhat confused and lost. And to make it worse, he seems to be not aware that he is.

EDWIN MEJIA VARGAS 20 MAY 2015 13:29 h GMT+1

The order of the day in this Information Age seems to have it that information has overthrown and overshadowed reason. Or to state it a little more bluntly, the Age of Information into which we now live appears to have come devoid of reason.



But no, reason is still here with us in this so-called postmodern world. But day in and day out, any keen observer of the signs of the times will soon realize that life in the 21st century world is to a great extent no longer guided by reason.



The thing is, we are now confronted day after day by a cultural reality brought about by the constant availability of an immense body of information in the cyberspace, widely distributed through various high-tech means of communication, resulting into what has been dubbed some years ago as information overload. Overloaded by information composed mainly of a variety of mixed messages of conflicting philosophical ideas embedded in glaring images and powerful sound bites, reason has suddenly become functionally irrelevant if not totally antiquated, as if no longer there to guide us, to subject our way of thinking to the ways of wisdom, so as to lead us, somehow, into an ordered life with a clear sense of meaning, purpose and destiny.



Reason is here defined not in the Enlightenment’s sense of the term, which the Romanticists dismissed as emotionless, as a way thinking that hails and exalts the mind with no due regard for the heart. And right they were, for people during the Age of the Enlightenment, otherwise known as the Age of Reason, turned out to have worshiped Reason on account of their unrestrained passion for logical certainty.



Lest we forget, this intellectual movement came into place, as evangelical scholar D. A. Carson reminds us, against the backdrop of roughly 200 years of revival of classical learning in the Renaissance, the extraordinary political and social confusion of the 17th century, the relative freedom gained by the Reformation from centuries old of ecclesiastical rule, and the social disorder caused by the barbarism of the Thirty Years’ War in Europe. Man was then thought to have finally found the key that would unlock the door to certainty in infallible Reason until it finally met its demise, so to speak, in the French Revolution, which, perhaps without them noticing, the rationalists themselves helped to bring about.



Still, the vestiges of the Age of Reason managed to survive until our own Information Age, in between of which came a handful of movements (spearheaded by romanticism and sustained by existentialism until it came into full flower in postmodernism) that stood in protest against the elevation of reason over all other human faculties. From this point on came a new way of thinking that has so far dominated the 21st century world, a lazy attitude of the mind that has kicked reason out of the once lofty place it used to occupy during the heyday of the so-called Enlightenment.



The irony of it all is that we have information available today right at our own fingertips,  rendering many of us no longer able to think as did our forebears. One’s search for meaning and purpose has never been as complicated as it is today. So that the young man of this Information Age has consequently become somewhat confused and lost. And to make it worse, he seems to be not aware that he is.



Here is a posture of the mind that somewhere along the line is lost under the shadow of unthinking, floating in the air of uncertainty in this post-certain age. Overloaded with information, the sure foundation upon which it once stood seems to be no more that it now operates outside the sphere of a metanarrative, which, according to Christian apologist and philosopher Ravi Zacharias, provides the necessary framework of the mind through which the particulars of life can be interpreted.



Devoid of a clear sense of meaning, purpose and destiny, where does it then lead? Into a life that is without direction and disposable, where else?



 



References:



Carson, D. A.  The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism.  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996



Zacharias, Ravi. Can Man Live Without God. Nashville, TN: W Publishing Group, 1994.



 



Edwin Mejia Vargas, Bi-vocational evangelical minister and writer-researcher. Manila, Philippines.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - - To think, or not to think
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation

Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about what all evangelical Christians can learn from the Protestant Reformation and underlines the need for more churches with both a sound doctrine and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

 
Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve

For the first time, the President of Portugal attended a worship service in an evangelical church. It was in Sintra, on Christmas Eve.

 
Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest

About 70 people from European countries met at the Younger Leaders Gen gathering in Hungary (19-22 October) to discuss the challenges of the church in the continent and build partnerships. Photos: Evi Rodemann and Jari Sippola.

 
I am not on sale I am not on sale

Young Christians gathered at Madrid’s central square Sol to denounce human trafficking. A flashmob highlighted the work of three evangelical NGOs which support women who escape sexual slavery in Spain.

 
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Heart Heart

A short animation film by Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset tells the message of the Bible in four minutes.

 
He is... He is...

A video about Colossians 1:15-20.

 
Creation Care and the Gospel, in France Creation Care and the Gospel, in France

The conference drew about 90 delegates from across Europe. Scientists, theologians, activists reflected together on the theme “God’s Word and God’s World”.

 
“It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation” “It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation”

In creation care, “we need more people who lead by example”, says well-known Brazilian politician and activist Marina Silva. 

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.