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This paper should add to the discussion and be complete with intro, body and conclusion and reference to lesson points, just as the position paper was.
This week’s ENGL102 presentations make a compelling case for
developing critical reading skills to become an effective writer, and for being
aware of how God is delighted when we use our minds to evaluate what we see,
hear, and learn. I agree with many of
the points presented across all three lessons, particularly the need to
evaluate all media through the lens of scripture. There was one point, however
that I do not fully agree with, at least not without additional clarification.
On slide six of lesson three’s presentation, Neil Postman’s
argument is referenced that when literature disappears, education disappears,
and when education disappears, shame disappears (10). I agree there are concurrent occurrences of
literary and moral declines, however that does not necessarily denote a direct
causational relationship between the two.
They instead may both be the symptoms of something greater that causes
the decline, and are both the results of another root cause rather than
interdependent on each other. The
presenter argues that the secular world makes a god out of science and
technology, implying that increased literacy could prevent that from
occurring. One must consider though, the
Greeks had numerous literary works and scholars available to them, yet they had
numerous gods and idols that they worshipped instead of the Almighty God.
I contest that rather than literature being the root source
of morality in society, it is God that is the root source of morality, and
therefore declines in Godly, righteous leadership in a society leads to
declines in all areas of society: literature, education and morality. When Israel neglected God’s Word and pursued
the pleasures of the nations surrounding them, it repeatedly led to their
nation’s decline. It was not for a lack
of literature, but rather a lack of Godliness.
God did not depend on literature to educate His people, but rather
instructed them to impress His commandments upon their children, and talk about
them when they are at home, walking, lying down to sleep, and getting up in the
morning (The Holy Bible, New International Version, Deut. 6.4-9). God’s righteousness, the source of all
morality, was instructed to be taught personally, one on one. It was not dependent on literature, but
rather to be the source of it. Many of
the early founders of America did not have extensive volumes of literature
readily available to them, but most of them had the Word of God. Using that as their plumb line and seeking
God’s divine direction, they set in place the foundations that made America
great. To this day, we still have “In
God We Trust” on our currency, and “One nation under God” in our pledge of
allegiance as reminders of our founding fathers’ reliance on God.
Although literary decline may occur concurrently with or
slightly ahead of educational and moral decline, it is merely a symptom of a
root cause that is much deeper: spiritual decline. Education and morality can and have existed
in societies that were deficient in literature. While literature can aid the sharing of
God’s instruction in our lives, positively benefitting education and morality
in society, it is not the source of morality and therefore not a
requirement. The only literary work that
is truly fundamental to education and morality in society is the Word of
God. Other literary works may complement
and enhance God’s Word, and encourage critical thinking, but should not
supersede God’s Word as the source of truth and morality.
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