Andrew Hughes | Category: Worldview
In the book, Living at the Crossroads, Micahel Goheen and Craig Bartholomew discuss the danger of dualism “prominent in Western evangelical Christianity, whereby life is divided into ‘sacred’ and ‘secular’ realms.” I will post more about this danger of dichotomizing life into sacred vs. secular, but I offer the following excerpt from the above mentioned book for your thoughtful reflection as a start to future conversation.
“In such a dualistic view, prayer and worship, for example, might be considered sacred activities, while entertainment and sex would be seen as merely secular. A minister or missionary would be seen as ‘doing the Lord’s work (in the sacred realm), but a journalist or politician would be in a secular occupation…In a dualistic worldview, social institutions, work, and activities within the ‘sacred’ realm are usually thought to be superior to those in the ‘secular’ realm…But there are many problems with such a dualistic view of life. First of all, those activities, professions, and social spheres in the ‘secular’ realm belong to God just as much as those in the ‘sacred’ realm. Entertainment, sex, journalism, politics, scholarship, and business are all part of the ‘very good’ of creation. God has ordered those dimensions of life just as much as he has the ‘sacred’ ones. We are to serve God in all those areas of life, for the whole world and all of human activity belong to him. [pg. 64-65]
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