Sunday, November 15, 2009

Ecclesiastes 1:18 and the Scholarship

For in much wisdom is much
and those who increase
knowledge increase sorrow.

Dr. David Allan Hubbard, former president of Fuller Theological Seminary, pointed me to the dark side of wisdom; it can and does increase sorrow.

Consider the CFO who recognizes the financial condition of her company and knows that bankruptcy is sure to follow. Or the cancer specialist who sees his own test results and the implications of what is to come.

And consider the Christian who decides to venture into the world of biblical scholarship? The same holds true. Long cherished beliefs will end. New insights will take their place. And increased sorrow is likely in relationships that won't or can't process the results of historical-critical studies.

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