Words of wisdom from Warfield


We must not then as Christians assume an attitude of antagonism toward the truths of reason or to the truths of philosophy or the truths of science or the truths of history or the truths of criticism. As children of the Light, we must be careful to keep ourselves open to every ray of light. Let us then cultivate an attitude of courage as over against the investigations of the day. None should be more zealous in them than we are. None should be more quick to discern truth in every field, more hospitable to receive it, more loyal to follow it wherever it leads. It is not for Christians to be lukewarm in regard to the investigations and discoveries of the time. Rather, as followers of the Truth, indeed we can have no safety in science or in philosophy save in the arms of Truth. It is for us, therefore, as Christians to push investigation into the utmost, to be leaders in every science, to stand in the band of criticism, to be the first to catch in every field the voice of the Revealer of Truth who is also our Redeemer. All truth belongs to us as followers of Christ, the Truth. Let us at length enter into our inheritance.

B.B. Warfield, Selected Shorter Writings (Phillipsburg: PRR Publishing, 1970), 463-65.

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