Dordt College News

Editor's notes

January 25, 2013

From milk to meat

Today we're often encouraged to expand our horizons.

In a global community, there are good reasons to do so. Gaining a deeper understanding of our world by learning more about the people in it and the way things work deepens our academic work. It moves us beyond simple responses and actions to discerning citizenship.

Hebrews 5 and 6 talk about the need for Christians to move from the “elementary teachings about Christ” to “maturity,” of the need to move beyond milk to solid food. Faith-infused academic work that biblically wrestles with how God’s Word prepares students to serve in every part of their lives requires going deeper than piety and sound confession; it requires a thorough knowledge of the world, how God made it, how people have shaped it for good and ill, and how we can live responsibly in it. Such “meat” prepares students for giving holistic and radical Christian leadership. 

It’s what Dr. John B. Hulst meant when he talked often about the “inner reformation of the sciences”: a radically biblical understanding of each part of our world. That’s what we hope results from expanding our students’ horizons. We'll remember and celebrate Hulst's contribution to Dordt College in the next issue.


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