Please note this. I am hosting the event to honor and learn from Dr. Lewis, long-time professor at Denver Seminary and the author of many books and articles.
Christian Thought Colloquia Dr. Gordon Lewis on "How My Mind Has Changed and Stayed the Same" Join us for the 2nd of a four part series sponsored by The Division of Christian Thought. Come hear from and interact with long-time faculty members. The next session will be held with Dr. Gordon Lewis, on October 25, 12:00-12:50pm, in the Executive Board Room (2nd floor, Graber Administration Building).
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Dr. Gordon Lewis Lecture at Denver Seminary
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"There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false." Harold Pinter said this in 1958. Pinter claims he still stands by this statement, yet he fervently opposes the war in Iraq. One wonders where Pinter found the moral fortitude to oppose war, given that he believes there are no distinctions between truth and falsity. On what ethical basis can he make such a stand?
I am reminded of the passage from The God Who Is There, where Francis Schaeffer points to Jean-Paul Sartre’s inconsistency by not being able to live within the conclusions of his own worldview. Sartre claimed, on the one hand, that there is no moral distinction between helping an old lady across the road and beating her over the head. Yet, on the other hand, he signed the Algerian Manifesto, to protest France’s involvement in the Algerian War. In so doing he was on the same shaky footing as Pinter is now.
Today, Harold Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, which only underscores the fact that we are still living below the “line of despair”, as Schaeffer so aptly put it.
Thank you, Dr. Groothuis, for your efforts at this blog and for your books, in particular “Truth Decay”. I’ve read it and re-read it. Even though I am not a philosopher, merely an engineer, as a Christian I am challenged to soberly observe and humbly influence the culture around me and to stand for truth. Thank you also for emphasizing Francis Schaeffer’s works, which have also had a profound impact on me.
It would be nice to record Dr. Lewis' lecture and make it available on the web.
As a former student of Dr. Lewis I am interested in how his mind has changed, and stayed the same.
Scott and Donna:
We hope to get an MP3 of the lecture on the web. If we do, I will announce it here.
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