Friday, October 31, 2014

Harvard's Original Seal: Divinity and Revelation

Harvard University Original Seal

Before turning into an illiberal cesspool promoting secular deceptions, high-ranking colleges like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton were seminaries.

Today, God has no place, and neither does man, at Yale or any other of these institutions.

Centuries prior, however, the Ivy League Schools were highly respect institutions of learning because they were seminaries.

Men and women studied the Word of God foremost in these institutions. Universities of the Middle Ages were centered on theology, i.e. the study of God's Word and the Savior revealed in the Bible.

The foreign language department taught three languages: Hebrew, Greek, Latin.

Why Hebrew? To understand the full revelation of the Hebrew Scriptures. Greek also, for the New Testament. Of course, universities focused on all the classics, pagan as well as inspired.

In the United States, are rather the American Colonies, Harvard, Yale, Brown, Princeton -- these schools focused on the Word of God.

Now, consider the former Harvard Seal. Two of the books are opened, facing up. The third book is facing down. Not just Veritas, but Christo and Ecclesiae accompany the first Harvard Seal.

There is not truth apart from Christ, who declared: "I am the way, the truth, and the life."

This is a bold statement, one which requires a response.

Now, what about the book that is turned down?

This image signified that learning is not just a matter of man's thinking or intervention. Knowledge, wisdom, and intellect depend on revelation, which cannot originate within man, but he must receive outside of himself.

This idea is not noteworthy, really, if anyone respects the scientific method. New knowledge in science requires men to accept that they do not know something, and want to get an answer to a question.

At its core, that is revelation.

Man does not have the answers, nor does he define the values based on his limited experience.

Economic study rests on this reality, too. Economic realities do not make sense to our first hand experience, just as a man cannot make a pencil, yet the extraction, assembly, and distribution of pencils occur on a frequent basis, efficiently.

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