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August 7, 2004

Just finished The Post Evangelical by Dave Tomlinson. Chapter nine, which is entitled "Postively Wordly", extended some of thinking I described in the entry below. In it, he writes: "To categorize a record, a novel, or a system of education as ‘Christian’ or ‘non-Christian’ (secular) is to judge such things only on their superficial merits — for example, whether or not they talk explicity about Christian themes."

I very much agree that to judge something as Christian or secular is to make a very superficial and surface judgment. It fails to see what the deeper issues are in what is being judged. Could it be that to divide between "Christian" and "secular" is the most secular act of all? Does it not fail to perceive what is happening on a spiritual level?

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