What Academia Can't Accept

Generally speaking, academia has quite a positive view of human nature in spite of human history which finds itself increasingly darkened by man's inhumanity to man.  There is still an underlying hope in the perfectibility of humankind if just the right solutions could be applied to our world.

  • If only we could apply the right form of governance hopes the politician.
  • If only we could properly improve societal structures hopes the sociologist.
  • If only we could better teach and train the young hopes the educator.
  • If only we could bring the troubled to a place of self-enlightenment and self-actualization hopes the psychologist.
  • If only we could provide the fruits of modern technology to everyone hopes the engineer.
  • If only we could bring back the pristine purity of nature hopes the environmentalist.
  • If only we could produce wholesome, pure food for everyone hopes the nutritionist.
  • If only we could induce all nations to work together for the common good hopes the peace activist/one-world advocate.
  • If only we could properly distribute wealth so that poverty could be eliminated hopes the economist.

Whatever field of academia, hope springs eternal that mankind will somehow pull itself up by its own bootstraps.  What academia cannot and will not accept is the truth about human nature which so debilitates and infects humanity that no utopia is possible founded on purely humanistic ideas.  If history proves anything, it proves that!

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.  All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature, and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.” (Ephesians 2:1-4)

In like manner, academia cannot and will not accept the only remedy for a broken humanity because it is convinced of its ability to perfect humanity.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ when we were dead in transgressions it is by grace you have been saved.  And raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  For it is by grace you have been saved through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God's s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:5-10)