What Kinds of Questions are You Asking of Your Education?
The classic value of university education is human enlightenment, but there are different kinds of enlightenment. The kinds of questions we ask about the world produce very different kinds of knowledge of the world, engagement with the world, and careers in the world.
Let’s say you are examining some sort of gadget.
These are questions of the natural or physical sciences.
These are questions of the professions.
These are questions of the humanities and social sciences, which focus on people. They are important because, whereas the natural sciences explore our physical environment, and the professions engage our physical and social environment, the humanities and social sciences probe the mysteries and complexities of the human condition and experience.
They show us ourselves and others. They help us discover metaphysical and moral truths, and formulate individual and collective values. They teach us to question and improve the status quo. They provide the resources to recognize and combat various forms of oppression. They enable us to understand and contribute to intellectual and artistic expression. In short, they develop a cultural literacy necessary for Christians to be more enlightened and effective citizens of God’s kingdom.
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