Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.” I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”
Why does anti-intellectualism have such a hold on so many of the American people and so much of the American church?
THE ROOTS OF ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM
Commentary, 1 Cor. 1:26
When I was a young and foolish boy,
I thought intelligence a gift so rare
That all those who were blessed by it would share
The hunger of the mind for thought, the joy
Of battle on the windy plains of Troy,
The Big Bang, Quarks—the search for what is there,
The Saint’s hope, the Post-Modernist’s despair,
Of Hopkins’ call: “Have, get before it cloy!”
The church especially would love to trace
The Father’s hand in all He had created.
It seems that I had underestimated
How far we’ve let the Enemy deface
In us the image of the One who made
In us the very minds we have betrayed.
A short attention span will pad the purse
Of publishers who ought to be devoted
To seeing Truth pursued and then promoted.
They take the easy way. And, what is worse,
We justify our treason with a verse:
“Not many wise,” we’ve quoted and we’ve quoted;
“According to the flesh,” we’ve barely noted.
Thus blithely we perpetuate the Curse.
Willing to know the Evil as the Good,
We bypassed the Instructions on the Tree.
Not eating from it would have been the key
To all its fruit, if we had only stood.
We plucked it green, and greedily we ate.
Now, gorged with garbage, we push back the plate.
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Donald T. Williams, PhD