reality

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Introduction

Recently three discrete concepts met in my thoughts.

Integrity

Let’s address integrity as defined by Dr. Cloud.  In his words integrity is having the “courage to meet the demands of reality”.  The title really tells it all – reality is demanding and requires courage to face but anything less than facing actuality is lack of integrity.

Information Literacy

Information literacy means:

… a set of abilities requiring individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” 1

The main website is here:  http://www.ala.org/acrl/ and the definition for information literacy can be found here:  http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency#ildef

In pondering the idea of information literacy I began asking myself questions.  What is my information literacy?  What information do I need?  Topping my list is scripture as the information from the Creator of all Creation.  Then what?  Another question poked its head out at me:  What is the point of education in light of the Bible saying, “We have been given everything we need for life and godliness in Christ Jesus,” 2 Peter 1:3?

I look at Peter and John in Acts 4:13, “uneducated men” who “had been with Jesus”.  Then I think about Paul who had also been with Jesus, Acts 9, and was well educated having studied under Gamaliel.  I remember that to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the building up of the church (members), 1 Corinthians 12:7 and that education may be like the talents we are to invest, Matthew 25:14-30.  My conclusion is that if God has allowed me to be educated a little, then I should continue but that the uneducated have just as important a role to play in building God’s kingdom.

Culture war

In the process of indexing CSE:  A Magazine for Christian School Educators [ISSN 1523-8202]Volume 19 Number 1, 2015/2016 I came to an article titled, “Growth Action Plans” (p. 10-11) by Connie Lawrence.  Lawrence puts words to experience with our culture stating that up to now we, as a culture and as educators, “sought to grasp the whole of reality” (p. 10) but that postmodernism means “grasping a reality which is private, personal, and evaporating (Wells, 2008),” (p. 10).  I took this concept and defined the culture war as between reality as it is and a desired fantasy world where individuals seek to avoid hard topics, see http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/opinion/sunday/judith-shulevitz-hiding-from-scary-ideas.html?_r=0 , and/or http://safespacenetwork.tumblr.com/Safespace .

Conclusion

As a Christian I cannot accept a fantasy replacement for reality.  I must go to the Creator to learn what He says about Creation and life in it with Him, sharing the good news of salvation along the way.

Related

http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/05/when-does-cultural-insanity-hit.html

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