UNC Visiting UM Hall Of Fame!

Hanging in the hallway at UM 
are the basketball team pictures
from the past 40 years. A player 
in the center of the front row in
picture holds a basketball 

identifying the year -- "62-63,"
"64-65," etc.

One day a visiting UNC grad 
looking curiously at the photos 
and said, "Isn't it strange how 
your teams always lost by one 


Professor Howdy said...

You know you're old if you can remember when bacon,
eggs and sunshine were good for you.


As a father has compassion on His children, so
the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
--Psalm 103:13


I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing
sound they make as they go flying by.

Professor Howdy said...

As a department head stationed on a Navy vessel, I was con-
cerned about one of my senior enlisted men. He was a superb
technician, but he had a problem taking orders. One day I
took him aside and suggested he try something that had
worked for me.

"Whenever an officer gives you a directive that you think
is stupid," I told him, "just say, 'Yes, sir.' But in your
mind, think, 'You're an idiot!' Will this work for you?"

He smiled at me and replied, "Yes, sir!"

Professor Howdy said...

Absolutes without Absolutism:

Have you ever tried to debate moral principles with someone who
doesn't believe they exist? If you have, you know it's an exercise
in frustration. In our anything-goes society, even mentioning that
there might be such a thing as a moral absolute truth is a good way
to get branded intolerant, anachronistic, and a killjoy. And the
more frustrated we get with this state of affairs, the more likely
we are to turn the stereotype into a self-fulfilling prophecy. That
is, our frustration can easily turn into anger, and our anger can
begin to look very much like the arrogance that we're already
accused of harboring.

The goal that Christians need to strive for, argues scholar Art Lindsley
of the C. S. Lewis Institute, is "absolutes without absolutism." In his
A RELATIVISTIC WORLD, Lindsley writes, "Just as a need to relate truth
to all areas of life does not make us relativists, so believing that there are
some moral absolutes does not make us absolutists. . . . Absolutism might
be defined as being synonymous with a cluster of characteristics: arrogance,
close-mindedness, intolerance, self-righteousness, bigotry, and the like."
These are characteristics that many people already associate with Christianity,
unfairly. And so these are the very characteristics that Christians need to
work especially hard to avoid. After all, as Lindsley reminds us, the most
fundamental doctrines of our faith -- our fallen state and our desperate
need for a Savior -- are doctrines that make for humility, not pride.

But at the same time, we still need to be able to talk about absolutes.
An explanation of the Christian worldview makes no sense without them.
So how do we do it? Well, first remember that we can believe that there are
absolutes -- that is, moral truth binding on us -- without being absolutists
-- that is, closing our minds to other propositions.

And Lindsley suggests that one of the best ways is to turn the tables on
relativists. For instance, we can point out the absolutism in their own
thinking. As Lindsley writes, "Relativists consistently stand guilty of
the philosophical sin of making exceptions to their own absolute rules."
They claim that Christianity is a religion of intolerance, that Christians
have committed abuses in the name of their faith, that Christians shouldn't
impose their values on others, but leave them free to choose their own value
systems. But where did they get their ideas of tolerance and justice -- of
right and wrong in general -- if they genuinely don't believe in moral
absolutes? Without such ideas, how can anyone formulate a meaningful
system of values?

This kind of argument was effective with as brilliant a thinker as C. S. Lewis.
Many years after his conversion, he wrote of his days as an atheist: "How had
I got this idea of just and unjust? . . . A man does not call a line crooked
unless he has some idea of a straight line."

If we're patient and persistent, it's not as hard as it might seem to make a
relativist begin to see the truth about the "straight line." But we must never
forget exactly who and what we're defending. Jesus was the embodiment
of absolute truth, but never an absolutist. And so as Art Lindsley puts it:
"The defense of the Gospel is most effective when combined with the
demeanor of Christ."

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