Gregory Thornbury on Creation, Christian Freedom, and Education
We are living in “a cut-flower civilization”, and the bloom is dying
So many stories on education report on how it is being overcome by political correctness, enforced speech, deplatforming of speakers, indoctrination, and identity group politics. These threaten to drown out the good news. So it is refreshing to note when there appear to be fresh blooms arising in the desert.
One of the most attractive is what is happening in The Kings College, in New York City.
This interview is dated from 2013, back when its new President Gregory Thornbury had just been announced as its new President. The full audio of the interview is available here.
“There is nothing more gray and dispiriting than a closed system. Unless you have this notion of something from the outside to which the universe is accountable – and this is a very broad topic in general, that even a minimal theist like Immanuel Kant could sign off on – but unless there is judgment, unless there is a reckoning coming, you cannot truly be creative. This is one of the things, if you read Chesterton and The Man Who Was Thursday and Orthodoxy, one of the things he brilliantly points out is the reason why the imagination flourishes under a Christian social scene is because we know that ultimately we can experiment, because there’s one to whom we are accountable. In other words, only a Tolkien could imagine something as fantastic as Middle Earth. Chesterton talks about how only a Christian could truly enjoy mythology because we know that there’s actually meaning behind the universe. If the universe has no meaning, you can’t really be creative. If you don’t believe in the creation mandate from the Bible and the cultural mandate from Genesis chapters one and two, then it really is a zero-sum game and it becomes war.”
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