My previous research projects have centred around “truth”, culminating in a book published by the King’s University Press. Among my next projects, I want to turn my attention to “wisdom”, which will perhaps become a companion volume to the first book on truth, very tentatively titled: “Biblical Wisdom in the Age of Science.”
Why? My sense is that we have lost, over the last three or four hundred years, the very sense of what wisdom means. In the age of science, we replaced wisdom with knowledge, and, further, now in the age of the internet, we’re replacing knowledge with information. We’re therefore two steps removed from wisdom, and I believe that wisdom is precisely what we need in order to navigate our way through our increasingly complex and interconnected world.
I think that our liberal religious communities tend to think of wisdom as scientific knowledge, and our more conservative religious communities tend to think of wisdom as knowledge derived from the Bible. I think that it’s neither. I think that it’s something other than knowledge, and I want to explore what that might be.
Just as I asked in my work on truth what it would mean for the Christian university to pursue a richer sense of truth than science provides, I want further to inquire: “What would it mean for a Christian university to be devoted not just to the pursuit of knowledge, but to wisdom as well?” A lot of this for me is grounded in First Corinthians where Paul is constantly contrasting the wisdom of the world, in which he includes philosophy, against the wisdom of God. I don’t want to be on the side of philosophy over the wisdom of God, but I am a Christian philosopher, so what does that mean for me? What does that mean for all of us in higher education? That’s something I’m really interested in thinking about.