Piper on Christian Scholarship

The task of all Christian scholarship—not just biblical studies—is to study reality as a manifestation of God’s glory, to speak and write about it with accuracy, and to savor the beauty of God in it. It is a massive abdication of scholarship that so many Christians do academic work with so little reference to God. If all the universe and everything in it exist by the design of an infinite, personal God to make his manifold glory known and loved, then to treat any subject without reference to God’s glory is not scholarship, but insurrection. . . .To see reality in truth, we must see it in relation to God, who created it, sustains it, and gives it all the properties it has and all its relations and designs. Therefore, we cannot do Christian scholarship if we have no spiritual sense or taste for God—no capacity to apprehend his glory in the things he has made.

John Piper, The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God


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